Gerald Lomaventema The designs in Gerald Scott Lomaventema’s silver jewelry originated from the world around him on the Hopi Reservation’s Second Mesa in Northeastern Arizona: kachina dances, petroglyphs in the rocks nearby, the planting of corn, prayers for rain. “When I was first learning, the old silversmiths would come around ant they told me, “you should make jewelry that has meaning.” “My ideas come from what’s happening here,” the artist explains. Using traditional Hopi silver-working methods such as tufa casting and overlay, 38-year old Lomaventema creates textured, contemporary jewelry including bolo ties, belts, and pins with 14k gold accents and inlays of coral, ironwood, turquoise, and other stones. To do so he also makes his own tools, modifying dental instruments, creating tiny rakes of steel for producing fine lines in silver, and shaping silver plate into a perfect curve using the arch of a bowling ball. Lomaventema plans for his fellowship funds to go toward purchasing lapidary equipment and a dust-collection system for his newly built studio/gallery near his Second Mesa home.

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