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Native American Craft Tradition in a Contemporary World


Marcus Amerman
Rick Bartow
Harvey A. Begay
Doug Coffin
Richard Danay
Tony Jojola
Clara Neptune Keezer
James Little
Rosemary "Apple Blossom" Lonewolf
Truman Lowe
David Neel
Verma Nequatewa
The Ortiz Family
Norbert Peshlakai
Wendy Ponca
Al Q÷yawayma
Diego Romero
Preston Singletary
Richard Zane Smith
Roxanne Swentzell
C. S. Tarpley
Tim Tiger

Margaret Wood
Nathan Youngblood


blown glass, electro-plated copper, Private Collection

Glassblower C. S. Tarpley (Choctaw/Chickasaw/Anglo) cherishes a youth spent in Santa Fe, New Mexico. "At an age when I would have been flipping burgers in any town, I was casting bronze, silver smithing, and learning to cut precious stones for minimum wage." Having worked with Charlie Miner blowing glass at Tesque, New Mexico, he set his sights on training at the Pilchuck Glass studio. His work is a melding of several disciplines and is also heavily influenced by his work as a goldsmith and lapidary.

Tarpley's blown glass vessels mimic traditional pottery forms. He sandblasts the surface decoration and electroplates metal onto the glass surface, a time consuming and delicate process. "Every design I use is universal and appears in European traditions as well as Native American. This aspect of these ancient motifs appeals to my sense of place in our present culture and allows me to honor the multiple nationalities and ethnicities that comprise my family."

See more of Chris Tarpley at Kiva Fine Art

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