I’m Johnna Crider
Hi, I’m Johnna and I am from Shreveport, LA. I’m an artist and writer who loves being creative and sharing my perspective on the world here. I lived most of my life in my home state of Louisiana–where my mother moved to when I was really young. We were homeless a lot. I grew up poor and worked most of my life–my first job was working in a casino.
In 2005, I moved to Atlanta, GA, and met some amazing people. One of those individuals was a Grammy-winning musician by the name of Daryl Thompson. He was the son of Lucky Thompson, the saxophonist who often played with Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Harris and other great jazz and blues legends. I met Daryl and his wife, Denise while trying to sell my paintings and they introduced me to the magical world of gems and minerals. Daryl wrapped stones and didn’t really want art. However, he offered me a job.
I would help him sell his jewelry online, set up his Facebook page and he would pay me in jewelry. I thought this was an awesome barter gig and later on, he wound up teaching me everything he knew about jewelry design, wire wrapping, and more. I remember when I first started, I really sucked. Daryl would always say “Keep at it.” I didn’t get serious until 2010 when I started selling my own designs to friends online. And in 2011, it was a source of comfort as I watched my mother die in hospice care.
In 2019, I started writing full-time for CleanTechnica, and I write mostly about Tesla and clean energy. I also have a Patreon set up for those who would like to support my blog, or my writing, or both.
Photo: Me without glasses–blind without them.
One day, Daryl told me that he couldn’t tell the difference between his work and mine. To me, that was a huge honor.
What exactly is wire art?
Wire art, or wire wrap jewelry is when an artisan wraps a faceted gemstone, polished cabochan, or raw mineral in base or precious metal wire.
I work with 14K Gold filled wire, 14K Rose Gold filled wire, Sterling Silver, Argentium Silver, Copper, Titanium, Bronze, Brass and Aluminum. I can also wrap in 14K Solid Yellow Gold, 14K Solid White Gold and Platinum, however those are expensive metals and the price would be steep.