Studio Visit with the Jewelry-making Family of Steve LaRance, Marian Denipah, and Cree LaRance
The family is widely known for their tufa cast silver and gold jewelry set with turquoise, coral, and semi-precious and precious stones. Grounded in the history and techniques of their cultures, they are always innovating and finding inspiration from the many cross-cultural exchanges they’ve participated in over the years. Steve Wikviya LaRance (Hopi/Assiniboine) spent a part of his childhood in Moenkopi village at Hopi. He learned many of the traditional Hopi crafts which influence his design motifs to this day. Steve is also the co-founder of the Lightning Boy Foundation.
Marian Kaawaadeh Denipah (Ohkay Owingeh/Navajo) attended IAIA and received a fine arts degree at Northern Arizona University. Her jewelry and painting design influences are derived from her Navajo and Pueblo upbringing, as well as the old master paintings she studied in college.
Cree LaRance (Ohkay Owingeh), Marian and Steve’s son, is a Goodman Fellowship awardee and has had a residency at Bosque Redondo. Of course his work is influenced by his parents, but he has developed his own style. In addition to tufa casting, Cree enjoys fabrication, stamping, and cutting and polishing stones, and painting, under the tutelage of his mother.
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