Bellingham Metal Arts Guild

... a newly formed non-profit guild
                   created by and for lovers of the metal arts.

James Binnion

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. Though he learned jewelry basics in high school, Jim has spent his entire adult life expanding his knowledge of jewelry making.

Jim was always drawn to the beauty and workmanship of Japanese craft. And once he saw mokume for the first time in the early 1980s, he knew he would make mokume; he even pioneered a technique for making electric kiln-fired mokume gane.

In 1991, Jim established James Binnion Metal Arts (JBMA), 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 periodic beer-maker continues to refine his process and designs while also passing on the knowledge he's gained to the next generation of jewelers.