John Akkus / Akkus Silver Touch

Metal / brass, copper, steel
Demonstrating artist

Hometown: Stephens City, VA

Turkish-inspired copper decorative items

After spending 17 years toiling at General Electric, John Akkus left the company in 1989 and began using copper and brass to produce handcrafted engraved designs. Nearly 30 years later, Akkus Silver Touch is the standard in artisan metalworking. Using a woodturning lathe redesigned for metal spinning and his own self-taught techniques, John creates beautiful jewelry, ornaments, vases and decorative plates.
Every item features unmatched craftsmanship with silver-plated designs that positively shine.

Born in Turkey and now residing in Virginia, John understands how important his customers are, even learning new techniques in order to fulfill requests. In addition to welcoming people handling his work, he puts on live metal spinning demonstrations at nearly every Sugarloaf festival, allowing enthusiasts to see the process and passion up close. Going on three decades of living the dream, John is showing no signs of slowing down. See how magical silver can be by visiting John in his Akkus Silver Touch booth and adding a truly custom piece to your home or wardrobe.