Pete Johnson grew up in Forest Lake, Arizona in the middle of the Navajo Reservation. He was one of ten children and his mother supported them entirely by weaving Navajo Rugs.
When he was young, Pete met Thomas Curtis, who adopted him as a son and taught Pete, and his daughter Jennifer, how to do silversmithing. Pete’s other mentor was another great Navajo silversmith, Al Joe.
Pete puts so much care into all his pieces and has such a variety of styles, including repoussé. At times his work looks vintage and other times very modern.
Pete has worked construction most of his life but soon hopes to retire and spend his whole time with his true passion, silversmithing.