About Holly J. Carter
Holly J. Carter is a graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelors of Fine Art in Metals and a minor in Interior Design History. She is a Metalsmith and Instructor creating Fine Art in Metal accented with other mediums. Holly creates Wall Art, Small Sculpture, and Fine Art Jewelry with a focus on Fabrication, Casting, and Vitreous Glass Enameling.
Holly Carter shows in Juried Exhibitions, Festivals, and Art Shows. She is an internationally known artist and her work is currently shown in galleries across the Southwestern United States.
Her interior design skills and education have helped her to work skillfully in metal, wood, and fiber arts as well. Having a historical and working knowledge of processes and design has been beneficial to Holly's work as a metal smith. Holly taught Jewelry I, Jewelry II, Enameling, Casting, Etching, and many other metals classes for The Edna Vihel Center for The Arts (City of Tempe), The Mesa Art Center, The Phoenix Center for The Arts, and other art studios around Arizona.
In the Fall of 2012 Holly relocated to California. She now creates and resides in the San Francisco East Bay area where she was teaching adult and youth classes at The Richmond Art Center until 2016. Holly also taught for the Richmond Art Center's Art in the Community program bringing metal art into local secondary schools and developing S.T.E.A.M. curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math)
. Holly J. Carter is a member of American Craft Council, ProArts, Fractured Atlas, The Metal Arts Guild of San Francisco(MAG), and President of The Northern California Enamel Guild. Holly has become rooted in the Richmond community and invested in it's culture. She just completed a project at a local school in which she designed an Artful Play Welcome Area, a play spot and waiting area for the after school parents. Holly was awarded a $24,000 PLAY 60, Play On grant from Kaboom, the 50 Fund and the NFL Foundation for her designs and implementation. You can read more about Artful Play Richmond here.
‘Moving to the bay area has been a big change on my usual way of life. Coming from the dry desert to the cool San Francisco Bay has heightened my appreciation and inspiration in the natural world surrounding. I am continually amazed at the beauty and creativity in nature, the inherit cycle of life inspires my work. The desert was an amazing place with unusual plant life and strange creatures at every turn, but here in the Bay the plant life is astounding. Every time I walk outside here, I find another inspirational organic to add to my collection. I have hope that my art will flourish here and the understanding that the community support and appreciation for diversity in art shall have a positive effect on my career.’
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Holly J Carter
You may view Holly's Portfolio and Artist Statement at Holly Carter Art.