Duane is a famed silversmith who has influenced some of the finest young artists, including Myron Panteah. His work is notable for its contemporary design, wonderful color combinations, impeccable execution.
In his own words, his”… mission has been to sustain integrity as a master craftsman and designer, striving only for the best.” Duane is also an “advocate for the continuation and survival of the cultural arts within his native heritage of the southwestern pueblo people.”
Duane Maktima is considered a Master Jeweler, now working for more than 37 years. His pieces are meant to be heirlooms for the future. Northern Arizona University honored the artist with its Distinguished Alumni Artist Award, Distinguished Achievement Award, and member of the President’s Circle. Maktima credits his achievements to his education and his family. He has won innumerable awards through the years, and is equally revered for his generous mentoring of younger jewelers.