Marcy Mace has been a silversmith for 25 years. He was born in 1957 at Ojo Encino on the Navajo reservation near Cuba, New Mexico. he learned to make jewelry from his older brother and for many years worked as a piece worker for shops in Gallup and Albuquerque. Piece work jewelers are given stones and silver by different shops, fiver designs to execute and are paid by the piece when they bring the jewelry in. While Mace enjoyed working out of his home, he felt stifled by the various shops. Yet he didn't want to go into business for himself, spending time he could be creating jewelry, traveling around, and selling his jewelry. In the early nineties, he met a shop owner in Albuquerque that was willing to let him develop his own designs and then market them for him. Mace responded by creating his "silver feather jewelry." This is made up of hand filed rings, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces shaped like delicate feathers. He still enjoys making traditional Navajo style jewelry with turquoise and other semi-precious stones. The artist now lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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