With Paul Saufkie (an originator of the ”Hopi Style” of jewelry) for a grandfather, and the late, Bernard Dawahoya for father-in-law, it seems destined that this trained plumber should morph into a fine jeweler!
Anderson and wife Berna are among the few Hopi silversmiths who continue to hammer and curve their pieces by hand.
Making pieces as they were in the 1930’s and 1940’s is a difficult and time-consuming process.
This handsome, graphic cuff is typical of his style, with dramatic contrast between the polished overlaid designs and the densely dark silver background.
Adroitly combining round and straight forms, the design refers to water in several ways: stepped rain symbols, dots that signify drops of water, and angular spirals representing stormy winds and clouds.
Water is especially precious for the Hopi, who farm without irrigation, so this bracelet is more than just a striking design; it brings the very best of luck.
Beautifully shaped into a dome, and concave on the inside, this beautiful bracelet fits a 6 ½” flat wrist as easily as a 6 ¾” wrist.
Excitingly modern in looks, this cuff is as traditional as the Hopi themselves.
The old becomes dramatically new, in this artist’s gifted hands!