Janet Walker, wife of Owen Walker, mother of four children and Gramma Janet to six grandchildren is also a talented goldsmith and artist.
Janet and Owen, owners of Walker Goldsmiths have been creating jewelry as art since 1972. Walkers are known for their Northwest Coast style designs which decorate their hand-crafted jewelry. Some of Janet’s jewelry-art includes trade beads and other decorative collectibles; some of which were prized by natives of that early period.
Over the years I’ve made hundreds of trade-bead jewelry pieces and traded, collected and learned so much about the history of trade-beads and the people who made them. One of my latest joys is to make trade bead bracelets with a varied collection of other colorful antique beads. These bracelets express the past stories of the Great Northwest. No two beads are the same because each of these beads is individually handmade in one way or another. These bracelets have a soul. They are colorful, full of history and exceptionally fun to learn about and wear!