Jacqueline Johnson King

copper enameled jewelry

When working with vitreous enamels every firing result is a calculated surprise. My technique is dependent on the different COE of the vintage and current enamels I work with. I will have an idea in mind and through layering the enamels and then adding the heat of the kiln, the design just happens. No 2 pieces ever fire exactly alike. This results in some very interesting and lovely ideas. I am never quite sure what they are going to look like until after they are fired, fused to the copper and cooled. The process has many steps and requires patience; this process will create textures and color blends to add depth and interest to the piece I am working on.

Artist Bio

Jacki Johnson King draws inspiration for her copper enameled jewelry from the colors of the flowers in the garden, a basket of vegetables, a morning sky, a multi colored ocean even a landscape photograph. When her father passed away, she inherited his enameling studio. With a solid and ever expanding base of formal training and an all-out try anything mentality, she is all about the colors, the science of the COE of the enamels and their relationship to each other creating texture and depth on each individual piece.

After the firing process each piece is cleaned, polished and combined with glass beads, semi-precious stones, other metals and/or found items and charms to create one of a kind works of wearable art.

Formal Training

Sawtooth School for Visual Arts Winston-Salem NC
Copper Etching acid and electro
Copper Enameling
Shell Metal Working
Metal Working for the Jewelry Artist

2016 Shows

Durham Spring Art Walk
Art in the Park Blowing Rock NC May, June, September
Festival for the Eno Durham, NC
The National Folk Festival Greensboro, NC
Pinehurst’s Holly Days Art Show
2014, 2015, 2016 participant in Sawtooth School for Visual Art’s Deck the Halls.
Ongoing, year round artist participant in Sawtooth Center’s Gallery Shop

2017 Shows

Art in the Park Blowing Rock NC May, June, July and August
Vega Metals Art Market Durham, NC
Member of the Alamance Artisans Guild since 2016