Jim Charles

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

My current jewelry style combines a variety of materials that includes acrylic, imitation pearls, real pearls, silver, various rubber cord and tubing, thread and other common materials to create dynamic transitions and layers based on the traditional format of the pearl necklace. I mix fragments of traditional jewelry formats with materials that are generally not considered to be valuable creating a layered cohesiveness that transitions from one component to the next connecting recognizable fragments to common materials.

Jim is a Pennsylvania born artist currently living and working in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He received a degree in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2002.  In addition to being represented by Heidi Lowe Gallery in Rehoboth, Delaware, Jim's work can be found at 3rd Ward Jewelry in Milwaukee and Magpie Jewelry and Metals Studio in Wauwatosa.