Silversmiths

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Jerry Cowboy

Jerry was taught silversmithing by Louise and Frank Cowboy. He started learning the art of silversmithing at age ten.

Jerry has been silversmithing for over forty three years. Jerry's specialty is how he incorporates modern non-traditional silversmithing techniques into traditional Navajo style of silversmithing.

Jerry can create jewelry by sand casting and can inlay stones into jewelry. Jerry likes to make one of kind pieces of jewelry. His clans are the "Edge Water People" and "Sleep Rock People".

Jimmy Brown

Jimmy self-taught himself silversmithing by watching other silversmiths create pieces of jewelry. He started silversmithing in 1995. Jimmy is an Army veteran of 14 years. Jimmy's specialty in silversmithing is the accurate stamping technique. The technique involves hammering a cut out stamp onto a piece of silver to create different designs.

Jimmy is an avid sand caster. The designs he uses are the traditional style of Navajo silversmithing techniques of stamping, bump outs, and cut outs. His clans are the "Edge Water People" and "Red Running into the Water People".

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Charles Johnson

Charles was taught silversmithing from his parents at about the age of 15, and continued to learn on his own during the summers. His parents are lifetime silversmith’s with his mother’s family having 5 generations, and his father’s family with 2 generations. Charles has worked full-time as a silversmith since the age of 20. He first started inlaying at the age of 13 for a few years while learning both.

Starting with traditional Navajo jewelry, Charles then went into Navajo contemporary jewelry, then onto the Western style with swirl design cutouts. The majority of his jewelry are cutout overlay on bracelets, and buckles with Petroglyph designs (Anasazi drawings). He also enjoys bracelet overlay with Western style and swirl design. Charles’ clans are Ashii (Salt People) and Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan).

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