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JMCraftworks

Handmade Wooden Boxes for Jewelry, Keepsake, and Rings

Raw materials. I use mostly recycled wood, from trees cut down by the city, to scraps from local wood shops.
The shop, equipped with power and hand tools. Everything is made from start to finish here.
There's usually a number of projects in various stages of construction in the shop.
A few of the steps in the construction of a jewelry cabinet.
In addition to the shop, we have a basement studio for storage, office space, photography, and detail work.

Handmade woodwork, custom handcrafted designs

Artist’s Statement:

My focus is on limited production and I intentionally work on a small, friendly, and intimate scale. I enjoy the creative process and like to work with enough freedom to allow objects to end up substantially different than the initial idea. Most of my work is with wood and I avoid endangered exotic woods and concentrate on reusing materials from mostly salvaged or recycled sources. There’s a particular aesthetic that I use as inspiration for my functional pieces; I look to American Shaker and early Arts & Crafts styles. These were known for their understated simplicity and austerity; they’re a good match to combine with today’s minimalism.


Influences:

American Shakers - designed their furniture with care, producing timeless designs so simple that they continue to work well in today's homes.

William Morris - the 19th century English Arts & Crafts designer argued that art should meet the needs of society and that there should be no distinction between form and function “Good citizen's furniture, solid and well made in workmanship and in design having nothing about it that is not easily defensible". “I do not want art for a few, any more than education for a few or freedom for a few.”

Greene & Greene - "The idea was to eliminate everything unnecessary, to make the whole as direct and simple as possible, but always with the beautiful in mind as the first goal."

Charles Mackintosh - "The craftsman of the future must be an artist" He was an Arts & Crafts designer very influenced by Japanese design. This style was admired by Mackintosh because of: its restraint and economy of means rather than ostentatious accumulation; its simple forms and natural materials rather than elaboration and artifice; the use of texture and light and shadow rather than pattern and ornament.


Educational Background:

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts - Crafts, University of Houston, Houston, Texas
Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts - Crafts, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
Jim
owner, maker, designer, Woodworker
BFA in Visual Arts - Crafts from University of Houston, and MFA in Visual Arts - Crafts from University of North Texas

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