American West Jewelry Adds Artist Kenneth Johnson to Its Line of Native
American Designer Jewelry
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- March 15, 2013
Relios has announced a new relationship with award-winning Native American
jewelry designer Kenneth Johnson. The company will bring Johnson’s unique
designs to collectors around the world through its American West line of
sterling silver and natural gemstone jewelry when it makes its scheduled debut
on QVC® March 19 from 1-3 AM (ET) and 6-8 PM (ET).
For the past 12 years, Bill and Carolyn Pollack, the CEO and vice-president of
Relios, have collaborated with award-winning Native American jewelry artists,
licensing designs to be made in their Albuquerque, New Mexico production
studio under the direction of the artist. The designs of these Native American
artists have been made available to a larger audience through American West
Jewelry and QVC, which reaches more than 98 million U.S. households.
Johnson is a Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole artist known for complex and
innovative jewelry designs with a distinct contemporary vision. He has been
recognized with fellowships from the Smithsonian National Museum of the
American Indian and the Santa Fe Indian Market.
“We have worked with some of the greatest talents in the Native arts world,
bringing our collectors a diverse and exciting range of jewelry designs both
contemporary and traditional,” said Bill Pollack, founder and CEO of Relios.
“We are now able to expand this range even further by working with an artist
as innovative and renowned as Kenneth Johnson.”
Johnson designed three new pieces for American West Jewelry—a ring, cuff
bracelet and pendant crafted from sterling silver and turquoise from Arizona’s
famed Sleeping Beauty mine.
“I am amazed by the creativity and constant innovation in Kenneth’s jewelry
pieces,” said Carolyn Pollack, acclaimed designer and vice-president of
Relios. “He approaches his work through symbolism, incorporating elemental
symbols like the sun and stars to achieve a contemporary aesthetic that is
completely his own. I am thrilled to introduce his jewelry to an entirely new
group of collectors.”
“Collaborating with Relios and American West Jewelry is an incredible
opportunity for me,” said Johnson. “The number of collectors I can introduce
my work to has always been limited by how many pieces I create each year, but
through American West I can bring my designs to a much broader audience.
Though I feel great satisfaction when I finish a piece, for me the circle is
truly complete when I see a collector wear and respond to my work.”
In addition to Johnson’s designs, the QVC show on March 19 is scheduled to
include jewelry by acclaimed Native American artists Jody Naranjo, Fritz
Casuse, Veronica Benally, Myron Panteah and Victoria Adams. Jewelry from all
of the designers will be available to collectors through QVC and on QVC.com
starting March 19.
The Pollacks first met award-winning jewelry artist Roderick Tenorio more than
12 years ago through their affiliation with Santa Fe Indian Market, the most
prestigious Native arts fair in the country. Since then they have licensed and
produced over 50 of his designs and introduced his work to thousands of
About American West Jewelry:
Designed and produced in New Mexico, American West Jewelry captures the
adventure, romance and colorful lifestyle of the American West through
sterling silver and natural gemstones.
Relios is committed to American made jewelry and supporting contemporary
Native American jewelry. Bill and Carolyn Pollack, CEO and vice-president of
Relios, have been licensing and producing designs of award-winning artists for
more than 12 years. They have sponsored Santa Fe Indian Market’s Best in
Jewelry Classification award for the last six years.
American West Jewelry can be found on QVC.com and on Facebook at
Steve Searfoss, 505-345-5304
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