Honoring Nature in Jewelry with Anna Johnson, Jewelry Artist at Anna Johnson Jewelry

Episode 14

Anna Johnson is a jewelry artist based in Asheville, North Carolina. Her compositions consist largely of found objects mixed with semi-precious and precious materials. Anna’s work is heavily influenced by nature, cultural ideas of value, and environmental preservation.

Anna’s work is exhibited internationally and has received several recognitions, including being named as “30 Exceptional Craftspeople Under the Age of 30” (2016) by American Craft Week, and by American Craft Magazine as one of 15 exceptional artists using unusual materials (2015). Additionally, her work has been featured in numerous publications, including Cast: Art and Objects (2017). She has taught at Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and Haywood Community College.

Anna received her BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • What to consider if you’re thinking about becoming a full-time jewelry artist, and the benefits and drawbacks of working in your own studio.
  • A preview of Asheville, NC’s thriving and diverse arts and jewelry community.
  • How Anna incorporates bones and other natural elements into her jewelry.
  • How social media and the internet have changed the way artists make a living and promote their work.

How to contact Anna Johnson:

  • Website: www.annajohnsonjewelry.com
  • Instagram @annajohnsonjewelry
  • Upcoming shows:
    • ACC Baltimore (February)
    • ACC Atlanta (March)
    • Smithsonian Craft Show (April)

    Episode Transcript

Sharon Berman