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Cultivating a Garbage Flower

April 4 - 7, 2024

Anna Johnson  ·  annajohnsonjewelry.com

Workshop at a glance

Breathe new life into your found objects while building your technical jewelry skills and expanding your creativity.


  • Soldering
  • Object settings
  • Basic fabrication
  • Creative problem solving
  • Making connections
  • Tips and tricks in jewelry making


  • Found objects
  • Silver
  • Copper


  • Multiple finished pieces
  • Lots of inspiration to continue the creative practice

Artist Bio

Anna Johnson is a studio artist and educator living in Asheville, NC. She received her BFA in metalsmithing and jewelry design from Appalachian State University. Her work is exhibited internationally, has appeared in numerous publications including American Craft Magazine, Metalsmith Magazine, and CAST: Art and Objects, and is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Arts and Design in NY, NY. Johnson has taught at Penland School of Craft, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and Haywood Community College. Her work is represented by Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, Mora Jewelry in Asheville NC, Hecho a Mano in Santa Fe NM, Woodlands Gallery in Hendersonville NC, Metal Museum in Memphis TN, and Galeria Alice Floriano in Brazil.

  • Anna Johnson
  • Anna Johnson
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Workshop Description

This workshop offers an opportunity for students to engage in jewelry-making with a unique and creative “trash to treasure” perspective. Throughout the workshop, we will explore a wide range of both traditional and MacGyver-esque techniques in jewelry design, with a focus on transforming unconventional materials into elegant and wearable pieces. Students will be encouraged to approach the process with a sense of playfulness and curiosity while we work with a variety of materials, including natural items, discarded or “trash” objects, or other intriguing items and transform them into refined wearables. This workshop will cover the fundamentals of jewelry making, including soldering, object setting, and creating connections between various components. Students will leave with not only finished jewelry pieces but also lots of inspiration to continue their exploration in the world of jewelry design. Open to all skill levels.


The health and safety of students, faculty, and staff is a priority at Arrowmont. To that end, a Personal Conduct & Social Distancing Policy has been adopted to foster a safe learning environment during the coronavirus pandemic. Click here for the detailed Policy.


In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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