Kenneth Johnson featured on cover of Native Peoples Magazine - Read the article!
Kenneth is one of 12 jewelers featured in an article on ring titled “Ring Cycle” written by Dexter Cirillo, Ph.D.
Cover photo, clothing and styling by Virgil Ortiz (Cochiti Pueblo).
“I like to up my own game by finding new technology,” states Kenneth Johnson (Muscogee/Seminole), referring to his latest experimentation with CAD/CAM technologies in his jewelry. Well known for his intricate stampwork and engraving that depict designs from his Muscogee/Seminole heritage, Johnson likes the freedom of “virtual stampwork.” “I can play with different shapes,” he says.
His penchant for technology comes naturally. Reared in Oklahoma, Johnson attended the University of Oklahoma as a mechanical engineering major in 1984. In 1988, he transferred to the University of New Mexico to complete his studies, but instead became an apprentice to Johnson Bobb, a Choctaw metalsmith, beginning his jewelry career at 21 and making New Mexico his home. A master metalsmith, Johnson is noted for working with precious metal coins from around the world. Recently, he has added Palladium 950 to his arsenal of metals. “It behaves like platinum, is cheaper than gold, and weighs the same as silver,” he says.
His many honors include a 1997 SWAIA Fellowship; 1999 Artist-in-Residence at the National Museum of the American Indian/Smithsonian Institution; and 2005 “Most Creative Use of Stampwork” award at the Santa Fe Indian Market. In 2010, he is once again a student, this time at IAIA in studio arts.
His jewelry is available at store.kennethjohnson.com.