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Gomeo Bobelu

A very interesting Zuni jeweler, who specializes in figural inlay work: heads of Pueblo dancers, or the full figure. Immensely talented, he also works in graphic arts and photography. Gomeo won a fellowship from the Wheelwright Museum, in Santa Fe, and is an administrative assistant for the sponsoring organization of Santa Fe Indian Market, SWAIA.
His inlay choices are traditional – turquoise, mother-of -pearl, coral and jet, even fossil ivory – but the effect of his rings, pins and pendants is dramatic and arresting. He is quoted as saying, “:…I am experimenting with traditional techniques of brazing, forging and lapidary to create two-dimensional wearable adornments.” His remarkable sculptural pieces sometimes can stand alone, as well as being worn.