With a Laguna grandmother and mother, and an Italian-American father, this gifted jeweler is almost as unusual as his work. He finds ancient pottery shards on his Pueblo’s land and transforms the designs into intriguing silver jewelry. With their irregular shapes and fragmented designs, the silver versions of the shards result in strikingly modern-looking pieces.
With only basic instruction in metalsmithing, Mark refined his techniques with the help of mentors on the reservation, and his own experimentation. His work has won awards, and occupies a unique niche.
Owners of his jewelry receive photos of the original shards that inspired the design, but the pottery pieces themselves are returned to the reservation land and never used again. Therefore, every piece is one-of-a kind.