Ned James started his exploration of metalwork studying jewelry and hollowware at the Boston School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 1974.

Feeling that a mastery of skills should be a prerequisite to artistic expression, and feeling a certain mystery and awe regarding the historic metalworking trade of early America, Ned got a job at Old Sturbridge Village. There, he first worked in the Tinshop and later the Blacksmith shop.

By the spring of 1977, Ned had set up his own shop, encouraged by the interest in the growing crafts movement of the times. The early years saw a mixture of reproduction and restoration work for museums, as well as sales from craft shows, like the American Crafts Council.

As contacts were made with architects and designers, a shift was made in the 1980's over to custom architectural metalwork. Patented copper lighting, both early American and Arts & Crafts style, became a specialty.

In the 1990's, Allan Greenberg Architect became the dominating firm, providing large jobs for their many notable clients, including many prominent individuals and institutions.

A selection can be found in the gallery showing a range of work from the thirty years of Ned's career.

In the future, Ned hopes to develop a line of limited edition lighting fixtures, ranging from designs inspired by Arts & Crafts period pieces to more modern sculptural lighting pieces.