His journey has been impacted in other ways as well. “Everyone’s always trying to figure out your method and material and if it’s a valid thing for you to be doing,” he says. “I come from a different perspective, having that background in manufacturing.” For him, the design is first. The design drives how he creates a piece and what materials he uses for it. He says, “I think about inspirations that speak to me and try to create something in my mind that’s captivating to me. Then I use the tools I have to create it.”
He draws inspiration from his connection to Acoma and from his family there. Renowned potter Lucy Lewis was his grandmother’s sister. She researched ancient Mimbres designs for her pottery and today Jonathan reinterprets those designs for his jewelry. Some of his work combines the ancient Celtic designs of his father’s heritage with those from Acoma, blending both sides of who he is into one piece.