Jim Cohen Metals

Whimsy - Aesthetic - Function



Much of my work deals primarily with line and line quality. I look to make a line, through manipulation by hand or hammer, come alive in original forms. I strive for lines that breathe life into objects and give viewer's a new life experience: discovering anew objects by embracing their whimsy, aesthetic and function.

I seek lines that infuse everyday objects, such as spoons, vessels and rings, objects of common day-to-day life and relationships, with uncommon fun and celebration.


From 1993-1997 my training in metals came through community art centers such as the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA, and Thomas Jefferson Art Center, Arlington, VA. These were supplemented by attendance at Penland, Arrowmont, and Craftsummer, as well as local guild workshops. I received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2004.

Selected Shows and Exhibitions

Over the past ten years I participated in exhibitions in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Additionally, I participated in retail craft shows in California, Florida, Georgia, New York, Minnesota, North Carolina, Washington, DC, and Canada.

Museums and Synagogues

Mizel Museum, Denver, CO
Migwan, Basel, Switzerland - Yad
Congregation Or Chadash, Scottsdale, AZ - Torah Crowns
Temple Har Sinai, Owings Mills, MD - Holocaust Torah Breastplate
Temple Har Shalom, Park City, UT - Five Books Torah Breastplate, Torah Crowns
United States Navy - Breastplate and yad donated through the Jewish Welfare Board

Awards and Publications

2011 Niche Award Finalist-Judaica
2006 Niche Award Finalist-Hollowware
2004 Niche Award Winner-Judaica
2004 Niche Award Finalist-Judaica
2004 Niche Award Finalist-Hollowware

Artist Profile, Niche Magazine, Winter 2014
“500 Judaica”
“500 Handmade Books”
“500 Earrings”
“1000 Rings”
“Court Adjourned for Crafts,” Atlanta Jewish Times, March 9, 2007
“Metalwork 2006”
Craft Magazine, June/July 2004
“Refined III”, 2004
“Off the Shelf, Under the Influence,” 2003
“Texas National, 2003,” 2003
“Metalwork, 2002,” 2002
“Metalwork, 2000,” 2000
“Metalwork ’96,” 1996


Related Experience

2015 Speaker, Craft in America, “Jewish Identity and the Historical Continuum of
American Metal Judaica”, Los Angeles, CA
2015 Speaker, “What it Means to Go to War, and What it Means to Heal: A Jewish
Perspective”, Jewish Wisdom and Welfare Festival, Los Angeles, Ca
2012 - present Adjunct Professor, University of New Mexico, Taos
2012 - 2014 President, American Guild of Judaic Art
2011 - 2013 President, New Mexico Metalsmiths Guild
2010 - Guest Lecturer, University of New Mexico - Taos
  Oral History Project, Penland School of Craft
2005 Visiting Artist, Penland School of Craft
2002-2006 Member, Board of Directors, Society of North American Goldsmiths.
2001 Researcher, "Tevet to Av, Celebrating Contemporary Judaica,"
University of Wisconsin-Madison.