Jim Dailing began his career in metals and jewelry after watching a friend cut an opal in college in 1977. His first “real job” was in 1984, at Maui Divers in Hawaii as a designer. In 1985, Jim helped open a jewelry store in Central Wisconsin, where he was the goldsmith/designer. He continued his journey of studying the magic of metals in 1988 when he went on for his MFA at Tyler School of Art. Jim had the opportunity to teach as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon in 1992, and his professional life has been creating jewelry and teaching ever since.