Jim’s love of craft started in his grandmother’s home. A furniture maker and weaver, she inspired him to use his creative talents, which he’s been doing for more than 30 years as a jeweler. Jim has spent his entire adult life expanding his knowledge of jewelry making.
Always drawn to the beauty and workmanship of Japanese craft, Jim saw mokume for the first time in the early 1980s and knew we would make it. In 1991, he established James Binnion Metal Arts (JBMA) and started working exclusively in mokume. He has consulted with other mokume artists and metallurgists to develop his theoretical and practical knowledge of metallurgy. Today, this metalsmith, engineer and period-ic beer-maker continues to refine his process and designs while also passing on the knowledge he’s gained to the next generation of jewelers.