Born in 1972, Joseph Cerno Jr. is the son of Barbara and Joe Cerno, Sr. of Acoma Pueblo. Joseph learned the art of pottery making from his grandmother, Santana Cimmeron Cerno, and his father, Joseph Cerno, Sr. Joseph is an outstanding potter and painter of pottery as well. Joseph Jr. has followed in his parents footsteps who have had a long and illustrious career. This beautiful olla piece features the parrot motif which measures 9 high x 9 1/2 width.
Calvin Begay is an award winning artist, jeweler, designer and master craftsman. He was born in Gallup, New Mexico in 1965 and raised in Tohatchi, northwestern New Mexico. Calvin designed his first piece of jewelry at age 10, learning from his mother and uncle. In more than 20 years as a jewelry designer and craftsman, he has become a master in every aspect of the design and manufacturing process. He has won numerous awards at the Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial, including Best of Show in 1989. His jewelry has been featured in Cowboys and Indian Magazine, Arizona Highways, and Southwest Art Magazines. This gifted artist continually innovates and updates his designs, working in both gold and silver, and adding new motifs and stones to his repertoire.In his leisure time, Calvin participates in rodeos and rides in the back country in his all terrain vehicles. When he creates jewelry, that wild free spirit finds expression in precious metals and stone. He has a unique ability to translate traditional Navajo inlay techniques into jewelry that reflects his Native American heritage, yet have elegant and contemporary flair. Calvin’s work is prized by clients and collectors, not only in the Southwest, but throughout the United Stated and the world. In the artistry of Calvin Begay, the stunning beauty of the untamed West is reflected in the combination of color and design that create unforgettable pieces of wearable art.
Joseph Coriz is a Native American Indian who was born into the Santo Domingo Pueblo in 1958. He was inspired to follow in the footsteps of his parents, who were very successful at making beautiful handmade jewelry, and Videl Aragon, who was known for his fine silversmith petroglyph designs. They taught him all the fundamentals of working with beads and raw silver at a very young age. Joseph absorbed each piece of information about the traditional hand crafted jewelry and eventually developed his own style. He combines traditional methods with his own unique contemporary flare creating primarily sterling silver designs. He creates beautiful masterpieces of fine jewelry and has become one of the finest master silversmiths of our time.
Josh Leki is a young Zuni Fetish carver who is a member of the renowned Teddy Weahkee family of traditional Zuni Pueblo carvers. Josh is a great grandson of Edna Leki and a grandson of Lena Boone. Lena has helped Josh learn the art of Zuni Fetish carving, and he follows in her footsteps by making striking figures from natural stones, as well as glass.