Carolina Ships in Bottles, Charlotte, NC
Jim Goodwin has been preserving the unique maritime art of ships in bottles since 1999. Focusing on historic and regional ships, he handcrafts each vessel using wood, cotton paper sails, paint, and thread then inserts the ship through the bottle’s mouth to set it into a sea of polymer clay.
Often called “patience bottles,” there are globally fewer than 3000 people involved in this art form. Jim has been guest craftsman on the Woodwright’s Shop and CBS Sunday Morning and was featured artist in Our State magazine. He has also supplied bottled ships used in the Dreamworks film The Lovely Bones and programs including the Magicians and Saturday Night Live. Often