Studio & Office Staff
TERRY BINNION, Business Manager
Terry, a third generation San Franciscan, and Jim were married in August 1998. Terry’s background includes listening to her Dad’s stories of running his own business and 20 years as a medical social worker in home care and 1 1/2 year working with dialysis patients in Oakland. In 1999 while taking a break from social work she started assisting Jim with JBMA. She is now co-owner and handles the business and financial aspects of JBMA as well as maintaining the website, posting on Facebook and other aspects of marketing. She relaxes by walking with and playing with the dogs, reading (science fiction and mysteries), paper crafts and embroidery.
DAVID BLOWES, Bench Jeweler
Like most good stories, David’s journey to JBMA starts with a girl. David was born in New Zealand and had been a practicing jeweler before he met Elizabeth (living in Bellingham Washington!) through the Internet. After convincing her to come visit, they fell in love and she made the permanent move to New Zealand soon after.
After 9 years together with a marriage and the birth of their twins under their belt, David and Beth decided to come back to her childhood home of Bellingham. With their children (and one still in the oven) and their plethora of pets, they made the migration to the US in April 2015.
David’s move to Bellingham coincided with an opening in the JBMA studio. June 1st David joined Jim and Terry at JBMA as a bench jeweler in the studio. 4 months later his wife and newborn baby, Olivia, joined Terry in the office. David brings with him nearly 16 years of experience in the jewelry industry and a longtime love of mokume.
He is learning the joys of living in the Pacific NW including seasons totally upside down! He enjoyed his first snowfall but didn’t enjoy his first drive to work on icy roads. Just a few things to get used to!