A major presence in the Indian art world, this avidly collected jeweler has a special ability to use traditional Hopi motifs and techniques in a thoroughly contemporary way.
The precision and solidity of his work is also legendary.
Using the almost-forsaken technique of true tufa casting, he uses the texture of the naturally compacted lava sand, and contrasts that with polishing the raised designs.
Here, he incorporates semi-circular symbols of rain clouds and straight lines, that refer to rain falling from the clouds, in one rhythmic and handsome design.
Rain is the greatest blessing for the landlocked, desert-dwelling Hopi, so this ring symbolizes lots of good luck.
Without referring to Hopi lore, the symbols create a very pleasing, geometric design.
Inside, there are additional motifs carved into the tufa, and transferred to the molten silver: A sun, to balance the rainfall, and the artist’s tribe and mark.
Like all of this much-honored jeweler’s work, this ring manages to be ruggedly elegant.
Unlike much of his work , it is a deal, besides!