While growing up, I watched my Father at work making Hopi overlay jewelry (this was his main source of income for the family). In
watching him, I became interested. He began handing me scraps of silver to experiment and learn the techniques of making overlay jewelry (this was during my High School years). His words have always stayed
with me; "…you are selling yourself, do your best on each piece". So, with that in mind, each piece is done with quality work and careful thought of what symbols I use.
My designs are based on clans; each clan has its purpose or duties. Hopis are known to be farmers, so our ceremonies are always for
rain/snow…rain for our crops/moisture for the land. You will find that many of my designs include the rain/snow clouds. Another is the Sun, our Father, to whom we make prayers and
offerings; for great life, to be prosperous in the daily things we do. My designs have unique symbols, I try to keep them simple and self-explanatory.
I enjoy making Hopi jewelry; my time and thoughts put into each piece amounts to great quality
work. I am very thankful to my Father for all the teachings he handed down to me. I hope that you all love what you see in my artwork.
Kwa-kwai' (Thank you)