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Bart Gasper, Jr.
Incised to the maximum degree for lush fur-effect, then burnt-out for even more textural appeal, is Bart Gasper Jr.'s incredible cottonwood Bear. Various sizes of crushed turquoise pieces are overlaid on either side of this bear, as heartlines. Its eyes are carved and painted. A segment of natural branch red coral is suggestive of a freshly caught fish or other treat, in the mouth of this approximate 3 3/4" long, 1 5/8" wide and 1 1/2" tall fetish.
Marvelita Phillips' wonderful fetish pot hosts five bears, either carved from serpentine, marble or fluorite. They have jet inlaid eyes. This Bear pot covered in gorgeous crushed turquoise, is about 3 1/2" tall and 6" wide. The bear shown outside the fetish pot is meant to rest inside along with a cornmeal offering. Extra shipping charges may apply.
Marvelita Phillips' father was noted carver and jeweler Leonard Halate (d) who started carving in the 1940's. Her brother is Herbert Halate and her son is Brandon Phillips, both wonderful and well-known carvers as well.
Andres Quandelacy is well know for his fishing bears and delicate detail work. This clever spiny oyster shell Bear preps for a long winter nap by feasting on a fat turquoise fish. With a thick shaggy coat to keep it warm against the winter chill this hungry bruin is about 1 5/8" long, 3/8" wide by 1 1/4" tall with eyes of inlaid turquoise.
Herbert Ration, Dine (Navajo)
Veronica Poblano's artistic family lineage is a colorful one. Her father was Leo Poblano (d), nephew to Teddy Weahkee (d). Leo, who passed away in 1959 while firefighting, was a famous fetish carver and maker of fine inlaid jewelry. His jewelry was noted for early inlay work done at Zuni.
Veronica continues to inspire us with her carvings and jewelry creations. Her all hand-fabricated sterling silver feather earrings with stone to stone inlaid coral, jet and turquoise are elegant and showcase all her natural talents. These gorgeous earrings for pierced ears are about 2 1/2" long and 5/8" wide. Signed by the artist.
Bobby & Corraine Shack
Bobby and Corraine Shack's phenomenal sterling silver, turquoise, red coral, pen shell, gold lip shell and mother-of-pearl necklace and earrings set is all hand-fabricated, showing off several gorgeous inlaid Phoenix birds and wings. The inlaid pen shell dots on the top area of the wings indicate it's a Phoenix bird, according to the Shack's.
We love these stylized, mythical birds. This striking necklace with handmade chain is about 18" long, comfortably resting on the collar bone area of one's chest. The center Phoenix bird station is about 2 1/2" long and 2 3/8" wide. The fabulous winged earrings hang at about 2" long including hook fixtures, and are 3/4" wide. Signed by the artists.
Mary Frances Coriz, Kewa (Santo Domingo)
Anthony Lovato, Kewa (Santo Domingo)
Prancing and proud are the many equine friends that grace Anthony Lovato's tufa cast sterling silver and turquoise cuff bracelet. He's an avid horseman and so incorporates these powerful animals into his jewelry works.
The labor-intensive tufa cast method is an exacting process involving cutting a tufa stone in half, smoothing out both surface sides, etching a sprue hole on top, then carefully carving out these Horses (or ponies) in which Anthony poured in molten sterling silver. The end result is this enchanted bracelet that tapers from about 1 1/4" to 7/8" wide". The gorgeous turquoise cabochon itself is about 5/8" by 1/2".
Inside this comfortable cuff bracelet, is Anthony's signature along with inspiring hand elements, which can represent unity and creativity. This cuff bracelet's entire inner circumference is about 6" which includes the opening of about 1".
Andres Quandelacy's mother was Ellen Quandelacy (d) and her father was Johnny Quam (d). This family's artistry has helped establish standards of workmanship in fetish carving. Andres is well-known for his Horse (or pony) fetishes. Carved from a calming portion of green turquoise, this equine is about 2" long, 3/4" wide and 1 1/4" tall. Red coral inlaid eyes look great with the natural green color of the turquoise stone.
Horse (Du:shi) brought power to the People. After the horse arrived on the Plains, people were able to move faster with heavier burdens, they could hunt game more efficiently, and they became fiercer warriors. Horse affords mobility that gives us freedom and power, but not the power that weighs us down.
Emerging from a strong Bear (or Medicine-bear) are Corn-maidens all carved from a lovely, matrix-rich green turquoise, cleanly presented on a base of jet. Airy incised Dragonfly friends, along with etched fanciful flowers inlaid with turquoise, decorate this approximate 3 1/2" tall, 2 3/4" wide and 3/4" deep reversible work that represents strength and unity. The soothing Corn maiden's faces are incised and darkened with jet paste, while the powerful bear's eyes are inlaid with turquoise. One side shows corn maiden's incised shawl flaps open in a beautiful manner. Chad Quandelacy's parents are renowned Zuni carvers Stewart Quandelacy and Priscilla Lasiloo.
Bernadette Eustace, Cochiti-Zuni
Jesse Johnson was taught traditional jewelry making from his grandmother and parents while growing up at Zuni Pueblo. He's a decorated Marine veteran. Because of all he experienced while serving in Afghanistan, he needed to heal and it was his grandmother who showed him the way. He says being part of the Mudhead spiritual fraternity has helped him create peace in his life and his jewelry creations are an expression of this positive energy.
His spectacular Zuni Sunface earrings are loaded with many round "snake eye" shaped turquoise pieces that are each set with tiny, custom-cut bezels to support them. This is the way he was taught by his family, to honor the Zuni petit point jewelry tradition. Set in the meticulous stone-to-stone method are exacting pieces of turquoise, jet and mother-of-pearl. They form the Zuni Sunface symbol, which represents the elements in balance. These post earrings are heart-stirring and expressive of the wonderful man and jeweler Jesse is. About 3 1/4" long and 1 3/8" wide. Signed by the artist.
Gayle Calavaza's sterling silver and energizing turquoise Snake earrings are made in the style of her grandmother Effie Calavaza (d) who was famous for her snake earrings like these.
The reptile's bodies coil around the turquoise pieces in a great way, and we love the turquoise inlaid eyes. In honoring her grandmother's unique snake jewelry creations, Gayle continues to use Effie's hallmark signature stamp, on the underside of these earrings for pierced ears. About 7/8" long and 5/8" wide.
Jason Bobelu's fabulous sterling silver cuff bracelet is all hand-fabricated and beautifully inlaid with turquoise and jet. The small to tiny stones fitting perfectly together like puzzle pieces. The cuff bracelet's entire inner circumference is about 6 1/2" with an opening of about 1 1/2". It's almost 1 1/2" wide, bordered by a lovely twisted silver rope accent. Signed by the artist.
Eric Othole, Cochiti-Zuni
A rich line of Zuni artists descends from George Cheechee Haloo (d). He was an important innovator who started carving in the 1930's and was known for his fetish necklaces. Today, Rosita Kaamasee carries on in the traditional art through her collectible fetish necklaces, honoring her family's legacy. She recently furnished us with this amazing single strand fetish necklace consisting of many wonderfully carved birds and Bears, strung with lovely turquoise heishe beads. Each fetish has red coral inlaid eyes. The feathered friends average about 1 1/8" in length, while the bears are about 3/4" long. The overall length of this stunning fetish necklace is about 32".
Nine luxurious stations feature either old Morenci turquoise, large and rare specimens of natural red coral or precious Kingman turquoise, in this truly impressive sterling silver necklace by award-winning artist Veronica Poblano. Her creative lineage is noteworthy. Her father was iconic Zuni carver Leo Poblano (d). He was the nephew of Teddy Weahkee (d).
Each custom cut stone and coral harmonizes in captivating shape and exciting alternating color. Some of the turquoise pieces have gorgeous pyrite inclusions. Morenci turquoise is particularly precious because it's no longer mined. Branch coral this large is hard to come by. Just to run your fingers over this highest-quality necklace is an incredible experience, imagine wearing it. The all hand-fabricated chain is amazing too.
Very comfortable to wear, Veronica's masterpiece measures approximately 20 3/4" long to toggle closure loop, plus an additional 3" trailing end that dangles beautifully below the toggle closure. The stones average in size from about 5/8" long by 1/2" wide, to 1" long and 3/4" wide. In a class all by itself, this memorable work of wearable art is signed by the artist.
Lambert Eustace, Cochiti-Zuni
Wayne Johnson, Sr.
Continuing the ancient jewelry tradition of her Kewa ancestors, Mary Francis Coriz's all handmade mosaic pendant is a glorious one. She learned the art from her mother, master jeweler Mary C. Lovato.
Select pieces of specially cut red coral, turquoise, serpentine, shell and mother-of-pearl are arranged in an eye-pleasing mosaic, all skillfully set a top a bed of shell. Sterling silver is seen within the mosaic design, as well as the entire border of this high-quality pendant. Including the sterling silver bale fixture, this awesome piece is about 3" long and 2 3/8" wide. Signed by the artist. The silver hammered collar is available and sold separately here.
Keli'i Eli, Zuni-Hawaiian
We're honored to share Keli'i Eli's own words regarding his magnificent tadpole (or polliwog) carving that's made from a glorious #8 Mine turquoise specimen:
"We are all born of a woman within a womb of water. When we receive water blessings, it continues the life cycle for everything on Earth. As tad poles swim in a bed of water after being hatched, they begin to embark on their life journey eventually metamorphosing into a Frog, a Dakk’ya, where it will spend the remainder of its grown up life as a frog. Frogs are our prayer messengers just like Dragonfly, although we ourselves ask for these water blessings as well, Frogs help our voices and thankfulness be heard to our ancestors of the spirit world each time we receive such blessings. Carved from quality number eight turquoise which depicts the water element well, these tad poles are looking for a bed of water to complete their morphological cycle, a place to call home."
At about 4" long, 2 1/2" wide and 3 1/4" tall, Keli'i's blessed each animal with either tiger's eye or jet eyes. Don't miss this outstanding piece celebrating our amphibian friends.
Where there is a Dragonfly, there is water. Ask Zunis about a dragonfly (Shumak'olo:wa in the Zuni language) and they will tell you that a dragonfly is the messenger who carries prayers to Spirit World. The double-winged form of a dragonfly is sometimes referred to as the “Pueblo Cross.”
Bursting forth with colors like turquoise-blue, navy blue, yellow, lavender, varying shades of green and golden orange-brown, this one-of-a-kind dragonfly surfite necklace and earrings set is by Brian Yatsattie. He is a prolific, collectible and brilliant Zuni artist. Surfite is a jazzy, recycled material by way of retired surf boards. Each insect is masterfully carved, while the individual surfite beads are uniquely barrel-shaped. The center and larger dragonfly is about 2 1/2" long and 2" wide, while the smaller dragonflies measure approximately 2 1/4" long and 1 3/4" wide. They're strung with surfite and turquoise beads on a 27" long necklace. The dragonfly earrings hang at about 2 1/2" long and 1 1/2" wide.
Bringing good dragonfly medicine, Brian's refreshing necklace and earrings set will be a favorite in any jewelry collection, easy to wear everyday.
Veronica Poblano's artistic Zuni lineage is important. Her father, iconic Zuni carver Leo Poblano (d) was the nephew of Teddy Weahkee (d). Their enormous contribution to Zuni fetish carving and jewelry continues with Veronica and her daughter Jovanna Poblano.
Permanently perched on a gorgeously carved black lip shell leaf, with crushed turquoise and a few bits of red coral, is this amazing feathered friend of stichtite. Veronica inlaid its lovely wings with turquoise and lapis. Friendly turquoise eyes take in the view, while a flat crest of feathers on its head is overlaid pen shell. About 2 1/4" long, 1" wide and 1 1/8" tall.
Brandon Phillips' mother is Zuni artist Marvelita Phillips who's renowned for her fetish necklaces. Brandon's grandfather was noted carver and jeweler Leonard Halate (d) who started carving in the 1940's. Brandon's uncle is carver Herbert Halate.
Brandon's playful creativeness brought about this wonderful alabaster baby dinosaur with two turquoise tail spikes. It has a neat cross-hatched head and turquoise inlaid eyes. About 3 1/4" long, 1" wide and 1 1/8" tall.
This significant sterling silver cobble style inlay cuff bracelet is a masterpiece by Lloyd Tsalabutie, father of the late great carver Jeffery Tsalabutie (d). Carving only occasionally, Lloyd is more well-known as a jeweler. He is one of a few Zuni jewelers doing this gorgeous style of meticulous stone work.
Using all natural stones, Lloyd has formed six Zuni Sunface designs, inlaid stone to stone in various combinations of either turquoise, red coral, sugilite, opal, lapis and jet. The Zuni Sunface symbol represents the elements in balance.
This cuff bracelet is about is 3/4" wide. The entire inner circumference is about 5 1/2" including opening of 1 1/8". Lloyd's signature is to incise a depiction of sacred 'Dowa Yalanne' or Corn Mountain located in Zuni, on the underside of his works, as seen on this magnificent work.