[New Orchid Gallery] John Walter Carnes

John Walter Carnes
John Carnes Designs
Toronto, Ontario. Canada

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In 1996, I redirected my creative energies from music (I am a
bassist,) to jewellery design and metalsmithing. Aside from some
basic jewellery courses and specialized workshops, I consider myself
“formally self taught” (a phrase coined by the bassist Jaco

The fierce individuality of Jazz greats Thelonious Monk, Charles
Mingus and Betty Carter, the “less is more” approach of the great
bassist Ron Carter, and the unmatched beauty of Chopin and Debussy
inform and inspire my life and work every bit as much as anything in
the visual arts. For me, the color, line and spontaneity of pattern
and design inherent in creating Mokume Gane is analogous to the
creation of music.

When I sit at the bench, however, my inspiration is derived mainly
from the materials I work with. What can and cannot be asked of a
given material defines the boundaries within which artistic
decisions are made. Paradoxically, the more clearly one understands
these limitations, the more limitless the creative possibilities

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