This hollow form pendant is made of hand-punched fine silver with fine silver overlay and Guadalupe Poppy Jasper.
Poppy Jasper gets it’s name from orbicular patterns resembling poppies. This piece has bursts of golds and green surrounded by reds and deep brown.
Gorgeous, deep color.
Overlay is a traditional Native American technique often found in Hopi and Navajo jewelry designs.
Guadalupe poppy jasper is from New Almaden, California. The mine it comes from is now closed and this variety of poppy jasper is considered extinct. This stone was mined at least 3o years ago. It is a collectible and only exists in private stashes. Very rare.
This piece is 2 1/2 inches long by 3/4 inches wide at the widest point and 1/4 inch deep. Absolutely one-of-kind hollow form piece, from the stone to the cut-out design on the front. Signed on the back ~ Matagi Sorensen.
Azurite and Silver Overlay Shadowbox Pendant
Bright blue and deep blue tops this polished and matte silver shadowbox overlay hollow form pendant.
Modern feminine smooth line and fluid shape.
Hand-carved silver. One-of-a-kind hand-crafted piece. Approximately 2 1/2 inches long, 3/4 inch wide, 1/4 inch deep. Signed on the back.
I am so excited! I was just awarded second-prize in the Jewelry Category at the 16th Annual Prescott Indian Art Market! It feels great! My Reticulated Silver Hollow Form Necklace won the prize. It feels so good when hard work pays off. This necklace has seven hollow pieces of reticulated silver strung on a hand-wovenContinue reading “I Just Won Second Place in the Jewelry Category at the Prescott Indian Market at the Sharlot Hall Museum!”
I have been invited to represent the Yavapai-Apache Nation at the Eiteljorg Museum next week, on June 22nd and June 23rd, for the 2013 Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival. The event will feature top Native American artists from around the country.
I will be displaying several new designs at the festival! I’m really happy with these new pieces.
“The Eiteljorg collects and preserves high-quality Western art and Native American art and cultural objects. Its collection includes artists such as T.C. Cannon, N. C. Wyeth, Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keeffe, Allan Houser, Frederic Remington, Charles Russell and Kay WalkingStick. The institution’s contemporary Native art collection has been ranked among the world’s best.”
Something Blue: Silver and Mokume Wedding Rings with Sapphire and Aquamarine
These wedding rings are made of blackened silver with mokume overlay with set stones: one is faceted aquamarine the other is faceted sapphire.
These handset, hand-crafted rings are one-of-a-kind. The mokume overlay are reminiscent of the earth here in the southwest, the blackened silver like river canyons cutting into the red rock. The mokume is left raw, so that over time, as the copper matures, it’s color will deepen.
The insides of the rings have beveled edges for a comfort fit, while the tops of the edges are flat, so that they stack nicely.
Key to the Town: Greenbox Arts Festival
It’s getting to be that time of year for the Green Box Arts Festival held in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado.
Last year, I was asked to create keys to the city of Green Mountain Falls, Colorado, to be presented to honored artists at the Green Box Arts Festival. Wildfires shut down the festival last year, but this year all systems are go. Christian Keesee, founder and promoter talks about this year’s festival in the Denver Post.
I worked with artist Holly Troy to design the keys and we created this unique art piece. The keys are cast in bronze and then are hand-hammered and highly polished, giving each key a unique surface texture. The come with a bronze chain and a medallion naming the recipient of the key and the year. The keys are approximately nine inches long by three inches wide.
This was an amazing project, and it is really exciting that my work will be used over the next several years.
Mountain’s Majesty – Mokume and Silver Wedding Rings
Brushed silver and copper mokume combine with silver overlay and blackened silver to create rings that celebrate the beauty of the mountains here in the southwest. The copper is left raw and will deepen in color with age, just like the wild beauty of this part of the world.
I love that the mokume can either represent the layers of earth in the mountains, or can represent the swirling of the wind in the sky.
These rings are commissioned. They are one-of-a-kind, entirely hand-crafted, and are signed on the inside.
Modern Squared Shadowbox with Blue Topaz – Pendant
Polished silver and a clean modern shape with two faceted blue topaz balanced with traditional shadowbox technique create an intriguing piece. The shadow line shows where the omega necklace passes through the pendant, revealing a bit of artistic process.
Hand-crafted, hollow form, shadowbox pendant shown with a 15-strand, 16″ omega necklace. Approximately 2 1/4″ long by 1/4 inch wide by 1/4 inch deep. Signed on the back.
Shadowbox with Turquoise Pendant
Turquoise emerges from the the shadow within an expanse of brushed silver in this tear-shaped pendant. The abundance of silver is stunning as the fluid line of shadow cuts through the center of the tear. Bright blue turquoise, one-of-a-kind stone.
Approximately 2″ lone by 1 3/4″ wide, 1/4″ deep. Hand-crafted, hollow form, shadowbox. Signed on the back.
Ultra-Modern Femme Silver Pendant
An outer edge of highly polished silver encases a concave inner edge of softly brushed silver in this amorphously shaped hollow form pendant. Matagi Sorensen signature design.
Simple, smooth, and bold – a stunning piece!
Approximately 2 1/2 inches long by 2 inches wide and 1/4 inch deep. Made to slide onto any necklace. Shown here with a 7-strand, 16 inch silver omega. Hand-crafted. Signed on the back.