Thursday, September 1, 2016

'Metal: It’s Only Natural’ A Collaborative Exhibition: MAG, NCEG, & ACCI

A Collaborative Exhibition: MAG, NCEG, &
ACCI Gallery Berkeley, CA , October 1st - 21st, 2016
Opening Reception October 8th

'Stages: Agapanthus' by Holly J Carter,
Photography by G. Post
'Metal: It’s Only Natural’

Metals are intense.

Typically hard and shiny, they are strong but malleable.
They can be stretched, fused, and drawn into fine wire.
They can be hammered or pressed permanently out of shape without breaking or cracking. They readily carry electricity and heat. Their atoms are in a virtual “sea” of outer electrons that jump from atom to atom. They are stable but possess the ability to change.

We depend on their unique natural qualities for industry,
commerce… and for art.

An exhibition of jewelry and sculptural artwork from members of the Metal Arts Guild, the Northern California Enamel Guild, and the ACCI Gallery that explore the boundaries, integration /
collision, and diversity of the natural qualities of metal as well as its relation to the natural world.

The Metal Arts Guild (MAG) is an organization of people who are skilled, interested, or share in the production and exhibition of metals.

The Northern California Enamel Guild (NCEG) is made up of enamelists working to create community through sharing the enamel arts, glass fused to metal.  

Guild members include professional and emerging artists, from the beginner to the master craftsperson. They are comprised of educators, students, collectors, hobbyists, production artists, writers, and supporters.

Arts & Crafts Cooperative, Inc. (ACCI), located in the heart of North Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto, is a
member-based community of artisans, artists, and art patrons.

Dates of Exhibition: October 1 - October 21
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 8, 5 - 9 pm

ACCI Gallery
1652 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 843-2527
Mon-Sat 11am-6pm; Sun 12pm-5pm

Exhibition: Northern California Enamels presented by Lireille Gallery

'Century Agave Brooch' by Holly J Carter

 Northern California Enamels presented by Lireille  
Exhibition Date: July 12 - September 10, 2016
Reception Date: 6 -8pm July 22, 2016
Gallery Hours: Mon 12 – 6  Tue – Sat 10:30 – 6  
3980 Piedmont Ave. Oakland, CA 94611
Phone: 510-547-3455

Participating Artists: 

  Brooke Battles, Holly Carter, Collette, Christine Finch, Duane Fitzgerald, Ed Lay, Devon Matlock, Shirley Prini, Wei Lah Poh, Gail Reid, 
Monica Schmidt, Olivia Shih, Judy Stone, Zhou Zoe Yuan, 
Steve VanDyk, Iris Willow, Jiadai Katrina Wu

About the Exhibit: 
    Collectors and others interested in enamel art will find this summer particularly invigorating with all the options for seeing both historical and current enameling. Northern California Enamels overlaps with the traveling exhibit Little Dreams in Glass and Metal, a retrospective of American enameling, at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. 
    As an adjunct activity, The Center for Enamel Art will sponsor an all-day East Bay bus tour to enamelists’ studios and enamel exhibitions, a day designed for collectors and other lovers of the medium.  Lireille and its enamels exhibition will be one of the exciting stops on that tour. The dates for Northern California Enamels at Lireille are July 12 to September 10, to coincide with not only the Little Dreams show, but the American Craft Council show in San Francisco. 
    Lireille is an jewelry gallery dedicated to promote art jewelry awareness and availability to the general public and push the creativity boundaries in art jewelry. A jewelry gallery located at 3980 Piedmont Avenue in Oakland.  
For additional information, please contact Yan Liu at or 510.547.3455.
    The Center for Enamel Art advances and preserves the art and technology of enameling by nourishing and expanding the enamel community and serving as a catalyst through education, economic development and partnerships.  For information about the Center for Enamel Art, please contact Judy Stone at

      The Northern California Enamel Guild supports enamel artists and the art of enameling through encouragement, information, instruction, fellowship, and inspiration. NCEG is a charitable, not-for-profit, volunteer organization sponsored by membership fees, donations, and volunteers. Members are comprised of enamelists, teachers, students, galleries, and enamel patrons.
   The Northern California Enamel Guild is made up of enamelists from a wide range of backgrounds, working to create community through sharing news and events, ideas, resources, techniques and questions about the enamel arts. Everyone is welcome to join, from the beginner to the master craftsperson, teachers and students, production enamel artists, hobbyists, enamel collectors and supporters. Each member serves a vital part in making the Guild work for our community.
All rights reserved. 

Holly Carter

ACCI Seconds Sale August 2016

I will be selling here. Please join me.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Artful Play Richmond

‘Artful Play Richmond’ is excited to share that we are a PLAY 60, Play On grant winner!

In conjunction with Community Ventures, as a fiscal sponsor, Darlene Rios Drapkin of Urban Transformation,                              and Holly J Carter as the lead designer and “play” artist, ‘Artful Play Richmond’ was awarded a $24,000 grant                                           from PLAY 60, Play On, an initiative presented by the 50 Fund and the NFL Foundation. Putting kids and families first in the San Francisco Bay Area by transforming everyday spaces into places for play.
Guided by KaBOOM!, grantees will deliver “play everywhere” - creative and  innovative neighborhood projects have made balanced and active play more easily accessible so kids can thrive.
The number of kids positively impacted grew in the months leading up to Super Bowl 50 as playful
transformations occurred at grocery stores, in empty lots, on sidewalks, crosswalks and closed streets all over the Bay Area.

Today, 50 Fund and the NFL Foundation have awarded $750,000 to 21 Bay Area cities, nonprofit organizations, businesses and
This grant has helped us fund the ‘Artful Play Richmond’ project including an Artful Play Welcome Area at Grant Elementary School, an Artful Play walk through a Richmond neighborhood, and an Event to celebrate the finish of the project. Please like our Artful Play Event on Facebook!

Grant Artful Play Welcome Area                   
Provides an Artful waiting and play area for the community, parents, and siblings of Grant Elementary School, especially those in the after school program in order to alleviate unsafe waiting/lining up in the
parking lot and engage them in creative play.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

New Logo and Business Cards

So, I made a complete 180 from my previous designs for my new logo and chose to try out a different business card layout. I am very happy with the results. The flower for the logo was from an ink painting that I did. I completely drew and designed the font for letters of the HJC and found a great free font online to coordinate for the rest of my name. Now I have a hole suite of marketing products and had some hallmark stamps made finally. I am quite excited with my new branding!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fall 2014 Richmond Art Center Metals & Jewelry Classes

Beginning Jewelry
Holly Carter
Explore the basics of jewelry and small metals
fabrication. Learn the use of tools, how to saw,
file, sand and high-temp silver solder with
silver, copper and brass. Create pierced sawing
samples, band rings and a bezel-set stone
pendant. Explore various finishing techniques
and surface treatments including polishing,
rolling mill texture, patinas and more.
Approximate supply cost $100; some materials
available for purchase in class. Teens welcome.
FA19J • 9 classes • Mon, Sep 8 – Nov 3, 6:30 – 9 pm
RAC Member $225 • Nonmember $250

Intermediate Jewelry & Metals
Holly Carter
Advance your metal working skills—learn
riveting techniques to connect metal and
alternative materials, forging and tube stone
setting. Exercise your soldering skills, learn
techniques to marry metals and how to
create a deconstructed hollow form. Come
prepared with supplies and tools to work
on first day. Approximate supply cost $50+;
some materials available for purchase in class.
Beginning Jewelry or equivalent experience
required. Advanced students may use class for
independent study.
FA20J • 9 classes • Tue, Sep 16 – Nov 11, 6:30 – 9 pm
RAC Member $225 • Nonmember $250

Casting for Jewelry & Small Sculpture
Holly Carter
Learn the centrifugal method of casting molten
metal and carve wax models for lost wax
casting. Sprue, invest, cast in a centrifuge and
finish your piece for jewelry or small sculpture.
We’ll discuss the use of organics and found
objects for casting. Come prepared to work
the first day; some materials available for
purchase in class. Approximate supply cost
$50+. Advanced students may use class for
independent study.
FA33J • 9 classes • Wed, Sep 10 – Nov 5, 11 am – 1:30 pm
RAC Member $225 • Nonmember $250
FA33J2 • 9 classes • Wed, Sep 17 – Nov 12, 6:30 – 9 pm
RAC Member $225 • Nonmember $250

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Summer 2014 Metals Classes Richmond Art Center

Metals Classes at The Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Ave. Richmond, CA 94804 • (510) 620-6772
Instructor: Holly Carter

Beginning Jewelry - Monday Evening
Explore the basics of jewelry and small metals fabrication. Learn the use of tools, how to saw, file, sand, and high temp silver solder with silver, copper, and brass. Create pierced sawing samples, band rings, and a bezel set stone
pendant.  Explore various finishing techniques and surface treatments including
polishing, rolling mill texture, patinas, and more. 9 weeks
Class # SU19J • Mon, Jun 16 – Aug 11, 2014, 6:30 – 9 pm
RAC Member $225 • Nonmember $250

Enameling Sampler
An introductory class. Learn the techniques  of Vitreous Glass Enameling, fusing glass to metal. Emphasis will be placed on mastering the basics: sifting and wet packing, kiln firing, and knowledge of color interactions. $20 materials fee paid to instructor. 6 weeks
Class # SU7J • Tue, Jun 24 – Jul 29, 2014 6:30 pm – 9 pm
RAC Member $148 • Nonmember $165

Casting for Jewelry & Small Sculpture
Learn Centrifugal and Direct Pour methods of Casting molten metal. Will discuss the use of Cuttlefish, Tufa Stone, and Charcoal block to carve molds for direct pour casting. Learn to carve wax models for Lost Wax casting. Sprue, Invest, Cast in a centrifuge, and Finish your piece for Jewelry or Small Sculpture. Please come prepared to work the first day, some supplies will be available in class for purchase. Supply costs vary $50+. May also be used as independent study for experienced students. 8 weeks
Class # SU33J • Wed, Jun 25 – Aug 13, 2014 6:30 pm – 9 pm
RAC Member $198 • Nonmember $220

Intermediate Enameling
Focus on the enameling techniques of Basse Taille, Champlevé, and Cloisonné. Use various methods of texturing metal such as roller printing and acid etching to cover with glass for the Basse Taille. Create cavities to fill with glass by acid etching for Champlevé and small wire to create cloisons to fill for Cloisonné. Previous enameling experience preferred. 8 weeks (No Class July 4th)
Class # SU5J • Fri, Jun 13 – Aug 8, 2014 10 am – 12:30 pm
RAC Member $198 • Nonmember $220

Metals & Jewelry Camp
(ages 12 +)
Join us in the metals studio to create jewelry and works of art in this one-week camp!
Learn to saw, file, and sand a pendant or key chain fob.
Design and pattern an acid etched bracelet and roller printed earrings or decorative plaque.
Then use your newly learned skills to create a piece to be enameled with colored glass fused to metal.
Inspiration is endless!
Class# SU6YC, 4 classes, Instructor: Holly Carter
Tue – Fri, Aug 5 – Aug 8, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
RAC Member $135, Nonmember $150