2013 in review – Thanks for a Great Year!

ring (c) Holly Troy2013 was a great year. I had some evolutionary leaps in my creative process and am excited to see where next year takes me.

I also had some firsts last year. I showed at The Heard Museum in Phoenix, the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, the Natural History Museum of Utah in Salt Lake City, and at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles. All of the shows were juried.

reticulated AAA.300dpi.sorensen copy.htrAt the Prescott Art Museum Indian Market my Hollow Form Reticulated Silver Necklace won an award in the jewelry category.

I also proudly donated a piece for the 18th Annual Night for life Gala, a fundraising event for the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS.

One of the most exciting things for me was traveling to Holland and speaking at the Netherlands Association for North American Indians (NANAI) 40th Anniversary Celebration. I spoke about my life and work, Yavapai-Apache history, and gave a metals demonstration.

In 2010, Leo Van Kints of President of NANAI and Jan Ketelaars, Dutch film maker, came to the United States to make a documentary film called On the Same Ground about modern North American Indians. They spent four days filming and interviewing my family and me in northern Arizona. Parts of the film where I was featured were finished this year, and it looks like they are intending to finish interviewing and editing in 2014.

silver lace cuff.AMy work continues to evolve. I am looking forward to showing in more places in 2014, meeting more people, and of course, expanding my repertoire of jewelry and printmaking.

Looking forward to seeing you in the year to come!

Happy New Year! All the best for health, love, abundance, creativity, and happiness!

Thank you for reading.

Matagi and Seraphina (c) 2013Matagi (and Seraphina)





Below is the 2013 Report from WordPress.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Tear-shaped Silver Shadowbox with Turquoise Pendant

Tear-shaped Silver 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″ long by 1 3/4″ wide, 1/4″ deep. Hand-crafted, hollow form, shadowbox. Signed on the back.

Shadowbox with Turquoise Pendant

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Carved Silver Cuff – Limited Edition of 25

Carved Silver Cuff – Limited Edition of 25

Signature-style carved silver cuff. This piece is stunning – one inch wide and carved with organic, flowing lines in polished sterling silver – reflects light beautifully.

An instant classic. Bold, natural, gorgeous!

This cuff fits a medium wrist. Hand-carved design.

I’ve created twenty-five bracelets for this edition. Each piece is hand-signed (engraved) and numbered. I am donating number “one” of “twenty-five” to the Heard Museum today.

This weekend (March 2 & 3), I will be participating in the Heard Museum Guild Indian Market and Fair. This is the biggest Indian Market in Arizona – featuring top Native American artists from around the country.

Carved Silver Cuff – Limited Edition of 25

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Reticulated Silver with Amethyst Pendant


Reticulated Silver with Amethyst Pendant

Faceted amethyst nests in reticulated silver in this hollow form pendant.

The shape of this piece has an organic feel with the natural terrain of the reticulated silver. The pendant is earthy; we are reminded that silver is a mineral. Amethyst is a gem that is thought to have properties that opens the crown chakra, opens us to our dreams and to ethereal states, while the silver keeps us grounded firmly on the planet.

Hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind. Approximately 1 3/4 inches tall by 1 1/2 inches wide by 1/4 inch deep. Signed on the back.

Reticulated Silver with Amethyst Pendant

Nimbus – Bronze Pins for the Yuma Art Symposium

bronzepin.AANimbus – Bronze Pins for the Yuma Art Symposium

I made these pins for the Yuma Conference this weekend. Every year they have a pin swap – it’s much more fun than handing out business cards! And it has been a nice break from preparing for the Heard Museum show next weekend (March 2nd).

The smaller “cup” has a pin that slides through the larger “bowl”, and fastens in the back. The bowl is about an inch tall and 3/4 of an inch wide. I am pleased, and making some in silver as well!

Nimbus – Bronze Pins for the Yuma Art Symposium

Desert Stone Shadowbox Pendant

DEsert shadow.6Desert Stone Shadowbox Pendant

The turquoise in this pendant is so beautiful – it looks like the blue desert sky over the browns and purples and golds of the canyon lands. The black in the shadowbox accentuates the colors of the turquoise,  polished fine silver accentuates the shadow.

Approximately 2 inches long, and 1/2 inch wide. 1/4 inch deep. Hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind. Signed on the back. Shown with a 7-strand silver omega necklace.

Desert Stone Shadowbox Pendant