Monday, December 17, 2012

Winter 2013 Classes at The Richmond Art Center

I recently re-located to the Bay area in California and will begin teaching classes at The Richmond Art Center in Richmond, California in January of 2013. Please check out the classes below and don't forget to get signed up as soon as possible!

Jewelry -All Levels
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. Intermediate students may learn the basics of enameling to create an enameled centerpiece or other techniques. 8 weeks
Class # W3J • Tue, Jan 22 – Mar 12, 2013, 6:30 – 9 pm
RAC Member $189 • Nonmember $210

Casting: Organics and Found Objects
Amazed by the world around you?  Do you bring home objects every time you go for a walk? Want to preserve them for a lifetime? Learn an interesting twist on the Lost Wax method of casting molten metal. Use organic materials and found objects such as seed pods or plastic toy parts to convert to silver or bronze. Sprue, Cast, and finish your casting as completed Jewelry or as an element for a future jewelry piece or Sculpture. 4 weeks
Class # W18J • Wed, Feb 6 – Feb 27, 2013 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
RAC Member $117 • Nonmember $130

Monday, August 6, 2012

Cash Mob

Cash Mob at Eden Gardenhouse and After Party at McGurkee's Italian Kitchen

A cash mob is a group of people who assemble at a local business and all buy items from that business. The purpose of these mobs is to support both the local businesses and the overall community. Our after party will be held at McGurkee's Italian Kitchen. 

For more information on the event, please see our page @ 

Please Join us in supporting local and stimulating our US economy on 8/8/12!
Cash Mob date at Eden Gardenhouse: 
Wednesday, August 8th, 2012  5pm to 7pm

Cash Mob After Party at McGurkee's:   7:00pm 
(but you can arrive as soon as you are done at Eden Gardenhouse, bring money for food too!)

2928 N 7th Ave
85013 Phoenix, Arizona
602 274-2470

Can't join us in person? Information will follow for Virtual Cash Mob so you can participate through your computer.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Workshop at Eden GardenHouse

‘Make your own
Textured Copper Disk Earrings’
taught by
Metals Artist & Instructor
Holly Carter

Saturday, June 30th, 2012
                              1 p.m.- 3p.m.

Workshop Fee: $60.00
Learn how to texture copper disks with tools such as a hammer or sand paper and finish with a patina or polish. Make your own sterling silver ear wires and assemble your earrings with sterling silver jump rings. *The earrings each student completes may be different from those shown.

Class fee includes supplies for One pair of copper disk earrings with sterling silver earwires. Instructor will supply tools for student use during class.*Additional supplies may be available for purchase from instructor, please bring cash.
Please call Eden Gardenhouse to reserve & pay for your space in advance.

Instructor, Holly Carter is a graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelors of Fine Art in Metals, Minor in Interior Design History. She is an internationally known artist and her work is currently shown in galleries across the Southwestern United States. Holly is an instructor for the Tempe Edna Vihel Center for the Arts, the Mesa Art Center, and The Phoenix Center for the Arts. Is a member of The Society of North American Goldsmiths, The Arizona Designer Craftsmen (ADC), and the coordinator for the ADC Metalink group.
Make sure to see ‘Organic Inspirations’
Art Showcase Featuring some of Holly’s work, open for the month of June

Eden GardenHouse
Home and Garden Inspired Boutique
2928 N. 7th Avenue  Phoenix, Arizona 85013
602- 274-2470
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Monday, May 28, 2012

Solo Showcase at Eden Gardenhouse

 Organic Inspirations’

 Eden GardenHouse
 Features Artist

Holly Carter
June 1st - 30th, 2012

Art Showcase Featuring the Metalwork of Local Artist Holly Carter. 
A Focus on natural organic inspired wall art and jewelry.

Holly Carter is a graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelors of Fine Art in Metals. She is an internationally known artist and her work is currently shown in galleries across the Southwestern United States. Holly is an instructor for the Tempe Edna Vihel Center for the Arts and the Mesa Art Center. Is a member of The Arizona Designer Craftsmen and The Society of North American Goldsmiths.

 Opening Reception
June 1st, 2012
6 p.m.- 9p.m.
Closing Reception
June 30th, 2012
4 p.m.- 8p.m.
Light Refreshments will be served at Opening and Closing Receptions

 Eden GardenHouse
Home and Garden Inspired Boutique
2928 N. 7th Avenue  Phoenix, Arizona 85013
602- 274-2470

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Monday, May 21, 2012

SNAG Trunk Show

Come join me, I will be selling along with many other metalsmiths.

Shop for beautiful contemporary jewelry and metal arts created by member artists. Please help us spread the word! Saturday, May 26, 2012 from 12:30-2:30pm (note this is a new time)
6902 East Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ, Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Grand Ballroom 1A & B
Expect the unexpected in materials and design. This event will become the brief but incandescent epicenter of what is happening in studio metal art and jewelry.  
Don’t miss this two-hour opportunity to meet and purchase work directly from the artists!  This is an opportunity to see, learn about and purchase the newest work of SNAG members and to support this non-profit organization of students, professionals, and emerging artists.
Click for more info
For general information contact Ellen Laing, SNAG Program Manager, 541-345-5690.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Metals Exhibition at Mesa Art Center

Crucible: 10 years of Metals at Mesa Art Center
Click for more info

When: Friday, April 20 - Sunday, August 12, 2012
Where: South Gallery
Crucible showcases artwork by current and former faculty, resident artists and guest artists who contributed to the exceptional metals tradition at Mesa Arts Center. Over the last 10 years under the direction of Polly Smith, the Mesa Arts Center metals program has excelled with gifted instructors, diverse workshops as well as a resident artist program that has been a catalyst in launching the careers of several significant artists in the field. The program offers instruction in all areas of metals including jewelry fabrication, casting, enamel, blacksmithing and lapidary.

Opening Reception:
Friday, May 25, 2012 (7-10pm)
FREE and Open to the Public
• Musical Entertainment
• Artists in Attendance
• Benefit Raffle Drawing (Raffle items on display and tickets available for purchase starting Friday, May 18. Contact Betty at 480-644-6567 for more information or visit Mesa Contemporary Arts’ front desk.)
• Light Refreshments and Cash Bar

These three back of the neck pieces of mine will be in the exhibit. I hope you will come by and see all the wonderful work!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Night Gallery Exhibition

ASU Metals Alumni Exhibition
May 4 - 27, 2012, Tues.-Sun. 6- 9 p.m.
Campus: Off-campus            
Opening reception: Friday, May 4, 2012, 6-9p.m. 

Cost: Free and open to the public, donations welcome 
ASU Alumni artists include recent and not-so recent graduate students and undergraduates in a program that has produced talented, award winning metalsmiths and jewelers.  From one of the best Metals programs in the country, this exhibit showcases the many talents and detailed workmanship of a variety of artists with diverse approaches to working with metal.
Along with the traditional materials and techniques such as blacksmithing, forging and forming, these artists include contemporary practices in enamel, found objects and mixed media.

Some of the artists included in this exhibit are Becky & Tedd McDonah, Deb Lozier, Jessica Calderwood, Lauren McAdams Selden, Eric Burris, Nissa Kubly, Lynette Andreasen, Jill Baker-Gower, Victoria Altepeter, Polly Smith, Holly Carter, and Dale Wedig.

The Night Gallery at the Tempe Marketplace is an exhibition space for ASU School of Art faculty, graduate students and alumni in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. The gallery is a result of a partnership between the Herberger Institute and Vestar Development Company.
The Night Gallery is located at Tempe Marketplace (intersection of McClintock Rd. and the 202 at 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway) in the District (west end, south side) between Barnes & Noble bookstore and Aeropostale.

Here is a sneak peek of my piece for the show:

Pewter, Acrylic, Aluminum

Friday, April 20, 2012

Artist Going Crazy!

I know I am not the only artist out there that feels like I am going completely nuts sometimes.
Your mind is racing with all of the ideas of things you want to create! All of the techniques and different mediums you want to use!
How can we possibly do it all? When will there ever be enough time in the day?

Do you try and try to fall asleep, but just can't? You are so darn tired, but your mind just won't stop!

As a professional artist and instructor, it's not just about what artsy thing I want to do next, but how am I going to make enough money so that I can keep up this life style? (if that's what you want to call it!)
Art is not really selling much these days and everybody wants to be creative and try their hand at selling. The jewelry market is overly saturated with sub-par handmade goods and cheap imports. So we worry about how we are going to get more students to sign up for our classes? Driving from art center to art center to make sure you can get as many classes as you need to live and get a decent paycheck. 'Gotta send out emails and work on my syllabi, better post some classes on Facebook, the blog, website, oh and don't forget about Craigslist! Crap, I have been forgetting about Craigslist!'
And then, the mind goes back to 'I really want to start this new project, but, damn it, I have sooo many that are waiting, unfinished!' 'Maybe if I change this and that, things will start selling, but  then am I being true to myself and my art?'
I think I am going to pull all my hair out sometimes! It's not that life these days is really all that bad, it's just that there is sooo much to think about all the time. Sometimes you can't stop trying to figure out which thing you should work on first so much, that you don't actually end up getting anything done at all.

How about the fear, every time you sell something that they may want to return it after you have already paid your bills with the money, even though you say NO Returns. Or, that something will need a repair. Or, when you get a call that during installation for an exhibition THEY broke your piece. It's heart breaking when something breaks. It's like a piece of your soul just left you.

It is so much more than just making art, but also self promotion. Keeping up with a blog, posting pictures on your Facebook fan page, posting new items on Etsy and renewing expired old items that haven't sold yet, adding events to all of sites you have, getting your personal website perfect, being involved with the many art groups you are in, getting info to galleries and shops, photographs, entering juried exhibitions, and there is always more. Phew! I just get tired typing it all!
Too bad most artists can't afford promoters! Oh, yeah, that's right we do, it's us!
Although, sometimes an artist will get lucky enough to have a significant other or family member that helps, but few of us do. And, if you are REALLY lucky your significant other makes enough money to support both of you! But, oh no, what happens when both of you are artists? So we get two or three or four part time jobs.

Well, how about the health stuff? Sorry, who has the time and money to go to the doctor?
'What about the environment? I want to save the environment and stand up for my political views, right. Maybe I can incorporate that into my artwork more, but will the theoretical conceptual stuff sell?
Should I focus on what will sell? But, then how can I be true to myself get my concept out there?'

Mentally, we begin to slip sometimes, get cranky and moody because we're tired and broke, our family doesn't usually get it, and have never really understood us. You begin to wonder how in the world you were ever born into your family? Okay, so maybe that's more me. There are many well adjusted artist who have always had a great support system, a positive attitude, and many things come easy for them. I don't talk about it much, but I have even begun counting. Only those people who have the same issue really understand what that means. You are stressed, your mind can't quiet down, and many of the down moments you have it still won't stop. You start counting, counting everything all the time, except when working hard or sleeping.
Is it a wonder Van Gogh cut off his ear?

I know some people think 'awe, sob sob, the life of an artist is so hard'! We get to do what we like, how bad is that? Well, that is the good part, but it's being a small business owner that's hard, as many people know. Taking that chance, putting your self out there, hoping someone won't just crush all of your dreams and hard work, and will buy your art. It's living at or often below the poverty line, but sticking it out because you have to do this!
I know you are waiting for my to say next 'Well, don't fear I have the answer', but sorry I don't!
Sometimes it just helps to let the frustration and emotion out. I guess that's why we have things like blogs now, and of course our art as an outlet.

Well then, why do we want to be artists anyway? Is it for the joy and admiration of all who view our work?
That would be great!
Sometimes it's purely for shock and awe, we may create something that others find beautiful or even repulsive. Mostly we create to create. To express our selves and feel the sense of relief and accomplishment that comes from using our own two hands, to create this object from our minds eye, and bring it into this world for others to see what we see. We often want to share a message, get across an idea of how we feel, how we think and believe. It is often an artist's way to make a political statement, lead a movement, rally and strike for a cause, and affect change. And, it is to be who we are.

Go out and hug the nearest artist you see, let them know you appreciate who they are for being themselves, keeping an open mind, and trying to make the world a more interesting and beautiful place!

Thanks for reading, I needed that!,
Artist Gone Crazy

Thursday, April 19, 2012

To Cut or Not to Cut?

I have been working on these two wall pieces and the recycled wood on which I plan to mount them, when I began to think of another way to mount them than originally planned. I had intended to cut the large piece of wood in half and mount them on each piece of wood individually, but then I thought 'how about mounting the enameled pieces on one large piece of wood?'. I started thinking that one large wall piece might be kind a cool!

It was then suggested to me that I cut down the larger piece of wood and then mount the two pieces together on a smaller piece of wood, but I am not sure I like that idea? So, I am still wondering, should I mount them on the larger piece together or cut it in half and mount them as two separate wall pieces that will be sold as a set?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

My Very Busy Spring Months!

Sales Events
Sunnyslope Art walk     
April 14th, 2012     5 to 9pm    Central & Dunlap  Phoenix, AZ
*Holly will be demonstrating torch fire enameling,
Decorate your own glass enameled copper piece for $5.00*
‘SNAG’ Conference Trunk Show*
(Society of North American Goldsmiths)            
May 26th, 2012     12:30 to 2:30pm 
Greenway Pkwy & Scottsdale Rd   Scottsdale, AZ
Westin Kierland Resort Grand Ballroom *Open to the Public

‘Metals and More’       Feb 24th to Sept 30, 2012
Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Museum, terminal 3 level 2
‘Crucible: 10 yrs of Metals at Mesa Art Center’
April 20th to Aug 12, 2012  Opening Reception May 25th,  7-10pm
Mesa Contemporary Arts
‘ASU Metals Alumni Exhibition’
May 4th to May 27th, 2012    Opening Reception May 4th,  6-9pm
Night Gallery  Tempe Marketplace

Scheduled Classes for  Summer 2012
City of Tempe Edna Vihel Center for The Arts
Jewelry 1                                
Intermediate Enameling               
Intermediate Casting
Open Studio
Mesa Art Center
Casting: Wax Carving, Organics, & Found Objects             
Beginning Enameling

Artist, Holly Carter has a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Metals from Arizona State University with a Minor in Interior Design History. She currently Teaching for  the City of Tempe’s Edna Vihel Center for The Arts and The Mesa Art Center. Concentration on Fabrication , Casting, and Enameling.
Learn the basics of metalworking to get you started on Jewelry making or small sculpture. Beginning to Advanced techniques in Fabrication  Casting, and Enameling or Customize a session to your specific interests.

For more information on Classes & Events visit Private Lessons & Workshops also available.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Sunnyslope Art Walk Spring 2012

For the third season in a row I will be selling at 
the Sunnyslope Artwalk, 
Please come support local Art!

I will be demonstrating Torch Fire Enameling too. For $5 you can decorate your own glass enameled copper piece and I will fire it for you!

On Sale Now and more to come!

Visit my etsy shop to view these sale items and keep an eye out for more to come! 

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Wall Pieces

I am finally getting my wall pieces listed for Sale!
Here are the first I have listed.
You can view them on My personal website:
On my Etsy Site:
And, they are actually currently on Display at Eden Gardenhouse in Phoenix, Az:

‘Ginkgo Leaves’ 
Framed Wall Pieces/Set of 2 

Sea foam Green Vitreous Glass Enamel on Copper set in Recycled Wood Frames. Hand pierced Ginkgo Leaves, slightly domed and set from behind in wood frames made of recycled wood from a broken outdoor umbrella and a weather worn pine pallet.

Size: 7 1/2 " Sq.

*May be available in custom colors and sizes, contact for info.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

My First Completed Pewter Scultpure

This past weekend I finally finished to satisfaction my first pewter sculpture. After a few years and a few mended holes, I found success! Pewter is not an easy metal to fabricate a hollow form from if you are used to high temp fabrication. I melted a hole into it three times and I have a scar on my leg to show for one of them. Now I have to finish the stand for it, but for now here is a quick pic of the pewter.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Mesa Art Center Festival of Creativity Jewelry and Lapidary Student Exhibition

The Student Exhibition for the Jewelry and Lapidary programs was a great success!

The show, curated by myself and Julie Campbell, was a beautiful example of student work and the best showing of the festival, if I must say so myself.


The Following pieces are from the Talented Students that so kindly brought in their work for display.

 Malai Suriyasataporn proudly posing next to a pedestal of her cast organic pieces and Kimberly Cothern's Hollow Form Ring.

Cast Pieces by Beth Benowich

Copper Ring by Mary Chang, Sterling Cast Rings by Keith Imes, Bracelet by Sheila Carpenter
 Cheryl Fuller

Ale Corrion
Geri Colgrove

Ford Doran & Loretta Meador

Fabricated and Riveted Pendant by Brad Corrion

Etched and Fabricated Ring by Julie Campbell