Janet (Gogo) Ferguson is a jewelry designer living and working on Cumberland Island, located just off the Georgia Coast. Ferguson creates unique designs using natural materials found along the islands’ shores, including shells, small animal bone material, stones, and plant materials to inspire high-end silver and gold pieces. Some of her most recognizable pieces are casts of rattlesnake jawbones and vertebrae. Having lived on the barrier island her entire life, her jewelry reflects deep ties to the island lifestyle. Working with a gold and silver casting artist, Ferguson has created designs have been worn by John F. Kennedy Jr., Carolyn Bessette, and caught the eye of Laura Bush and other high-profile clients.

Gogo Ferguson has been designing jewelry for over 25 years. Atlanta’s High Museum of Art is currently featuring an exhibit on Ferguson’s lifetime achievements that include displays of some of her most famous designs, as well as pieces created especially for the exhibition. This is her first formal museum exhibit, and contains a nickel wall sculpture inspired by New England seaweed plants. Gogo: Nature Transformed is now open and runs through July 7th, 2013.

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