Jim Milner 2016
Naja Featured Artist Interview:
Naja Art Gallery 2016
What got you into working with metal and stones?
In 1999, I moved into the Hyland Hills recreation district and started getting their catalog. I thought this silversmithing sounded interesting. FINALLY, I signed up for Beginning Silversmithing in January 2005. The silversmithing led to the lapidary.
How long have you been making?
Since grade school. I have always enjoyed art.
What techniques or process do you prefer? Why?
Lately I have been doing more cabbing, although I love fabrication and casting. Still looking for my niche.
How would you describe your style/makings?
Random and disjointed. I make a lot of one off things based on a rock or other idea of a look I want to try.
Do you have a new skill or technique you would like to learn/implement?
I would like to spend some time carving rocks into fun and interesting shapes.
What is your favorite or most used tool?
I really like the 6” jeweler’s ruler with inches and metric and a ring size gauge. Lately I have been using my cabbing machine most often.
What is your current/next project?
1-Emptying my boxes of ½ completed things. There are way too many.
2-I want to cut a ear gauge.
3- I also want to master an impression die I recently bought. It’s been a difficult thing; or I need some better tools.
If there is any part of your craft that you could share with others, what would it be?
The fire, I would share the fire.
Who or what has inspired your work?
Bill Whitehead and all the other good folks at the Baker Center. And also all of the talented people I get to see everyday that I am at work at The Naja.