ROY TALAHAFTEWA "Classic Hopi Jewelry Tufa Casting" Workshop

  • 10 Apr 2015
  • 9:00 AM
  • 12 Apr 2015
  • 5:00 PM
  • Hessen Iron Works, 3230 S Dodge Blvd Unit #6, Tucson, AZ 85713 Contact: Jeanne at 520-791-4063 X130
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Notice: Sorry this workshop has filled but please send an email to: Chris Eggers to get on the waiting list. if an opening becomes available you will be notified on a first come first serve basis.

In this workshop, students will learn the classic Hopi Tufa casting techniques. Tufa is a soft porous stone used for direct casting one-of-a-kind designs. In Roy Talahaftewa's artworks he combines several techniques including tufa casting, classic Hopi overlay, as well as stone inlay. Roy mines the tufa stone from mountains in northern Arizona so his offering of tufa casting workshops are infrequent. In addition, the instructor will demonstrate his special techniques for making stamping tools. These "matting" stamps are used to texture surfaces on his jewelry.

BIO: Roy Talahaftewa is from the Second Mesa village of Shungopovl village on the Hopi Reservation in Arizona, and is a member of the Water Clan.This is where he began his craft watching older silversmiths. He was selected to attend the Institute of American Arts in Santa Fe where he was influenced by the design style of renowned sculptor Allan Houser. Perfecting his own designs since the 1970s, he has become an award-winning Hopi artist, recognized world-wide in his own right He uses the symbol for the Waterbug encompassed by two concentric circles as his hallmark. He works in both silver and gold, and he uses both Hopi overlay and tufa casting in his designs. Roy has been receiving major awards for his work since 1981, including Best of Show at the Heard Museum, among many others. Working with the non-profit Hopi Pu'tavi Project, Inc. Roy teaches Hopi youth the art of silversmithing, and he is an active advocate and promoter of Hopi artists at Second Mesa on the reservation.

A SPECIAL LAB FEE: $65. is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class including pre-cut tufa stones and more.

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate/ Advanced
WORKSHOP FEES: $335. ADC Members/$360. Non-Members
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