James Johnson / Indigo Turtle

jewelry / other

Hometown: Fulton, IL

James Johnson of Indigo Turtle handcrafts porcelain jewelry - pendants, earrings and bracelets - accented with 22 K gold, platinum gold and Swarovski crystals. Each item is fired 3 to 5 times, resulting in a sturdy, lightweight jewelry piece which is fade and tarnish proof.

For years, James made mostly traditional ornamental pottery pieces with a few jewelry items on the side. Over the years, he transitioned away from larger pottery pieces to more and more jewelry. He is still adding new items all the time, such as essential oil diffuser pendants, mini pendants and mandalas accented with Swarovski crystals.

He values truly handcrafted work and hopes the wearer will feel the love and care that goes into creating each piece of jewelry.

Indigo Turtle was featured in Artisan Jewelry times. Designing Women’s Delta Burke uses one of his ginger jars for her beloved dog’s ashes.