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Steve Wikviya LaRance

“When we create art, we share a piece of ourselves with the world,” say Steve Wikviya LaRance of the jewelry he makes, along with his wife, Marian Denipah. Their distinctive, tufa-cast jewelry uses traditional Native symbols, like petroglyphs, dragonflies, kachina figures and water signs, in creative contemporary ways. His designs are inspired by historical cast jewelry and other old techniques. Recent inspirations include Aztec, Inca, and Egyptian gold and silver jewelry – even traditional Hawaiian motifs. Lately, he likes to work in high-karat gold, sometimes embellished with precious stones
Steve was raised in the Hopi village of Moencopi. His grandfather, a religious leader from Hotevilla, was a major influence on his life. At Hopi he learned all the traditional arts, and those ceremonial designs are still a part of his work. After becoming a painter, then a sculptor, he now does jewelry that is beautifully designed and impeccably executed. He gathers the semi-hard volcanic tufa from the Hopi Reservation. “I was able to find the site where Charles Loloma used to get his tufa,” he says, happily. It is finer-grained than that found elsewhere. Constantly seeking the best is a signature concept of Steve LaRance and his jewelry.