A jeweler from Cochiti and Jemez Pueblos, who studied architecture, is a poet, former track star, activist, and painter.
He learned silversmithing basics from his Navajo father-in-law and has evolved into a noted creator of exciting contemporary jewelry, using lapidary work with old, gem-quality stones. His silver pieces are usually elaborately worked and hammered from ingot silver, not ready-made flat sheets.
Phil is regarded as a top jeweler, whose work is often so covered with symbols that he lets the unique style speak for itself, and rarely signs his pieces. He, and his jewelry are rare and special.