EVERY FEW WEEKS WE WILL SPOTLIGHT A DIFFERENT ARTIST AND HIS OR HER WORK.
Pat Pruitt, metalsmith from Laguna Pueblo, earned Best of Show at this year's Santa Fe Indian Market with a piece entitled Sentinel v1.0 In the form of a traditional Laguna water jar, he spent some 800 hours designing it and fabricating it from zirconium and titanium.
At left is a pair of laser-etched stainless steel earrings with a traditional Laguna/Acoma pottery design created by his wife, painter Marla Allison. 2.25 inches long. $250. The middle pair is laser-etched zirconium, 2.25 inches long and $300. The machine zirconium earrings at far right are 2.5 inches long and $300. (SANTA FE)
These designs are cut into the surface of stainless steel using a laser. The frequency of the laser light results in light refracting from the surface in the two colors seen at left. The butterfly motif is 1.25 inches wide and $675. The design on the one below -his lightning motif- is based upon an Acoma/Laguna pottery motif. 1.75 inches wide. $775 (we have it in two sizes, the slightly larger one being in TUCSON) The bracelet at right was done at a higher frequency for a more subtle pattern- this is his Mountain pattern. 1 inch wide. $575. We have it in a men's and a ladies' size. (SANTA FE)
Both bracelets are laser etched stainless steel. The top one is a lightning and cloud pottery motif created by hsi wife, painter Mara Allison. 1.5 inches wide and it fits a medium-small wrist. $775. Below is a bracelet that was a collaboration with famed Shoshone-Bannock beadworked, Jaime Okuma, 1 inch wide and can also fit a small to medium wrist. $575 (SANTA FE)