OSAVIO CRISPIN SR. is a third generation award-winning jeweler from Santo Domingo. The roots of his inspiration lie in the styles and techniques of the native artists from the
1960’s and 1970’s. This artist presents traditional silversmithing techniques and contemporary works in a truly original way, with breathtaking skill and design vision.
Each piece of jewelry is hand made by Crispin using simple hand tools in his local studio. Often there is inlay or stamping on the insides of his wearable pieces of art. He often pairs overlay with inlay, hand shaping each stone to fit perfectly. Osavio also combines flat intricate inlay with 3-D inlay and uses accents of slivers of sterling silver and gemstones to create a unique feel and look to his very original work.
One thing that is unique about this silversmith is that when he cuts stones or inlays, or buffs, HE STANDS UP! He does not work sitting down!
Born and raised on the Navajo Nation, in Pinon, Arizona, Johnson Yazzie has had a lifelong career in the fine arts. Having spent 30 years creating two-dimensional art in the form of paintings, he began sculpting bronze in 2015. He worked as a commercial artist in Phoenix in the mid-1980's, as well as illustrating books, which he continues today.
Johnson says his elders taught him respect for animals, especially for sheep, cattle and horses, for they create a sense of home and give humans joy. Fluent in Navajo and English, Johnson teaches that the word Hózhó means balance, harmony and beauty,
Hózhó is the word by which he lives.