Native Art

Hopi Jewelry: Tufa Casting


Explore Indigenous ingenuity and learn how to cast jewelry utilizing compressed white volcanic ash called Tufa stone. Hopi jeweler and artist Roy Talahaftewa will lead you in a one-week session exploring and using a variety of Tufa stone found specifically in the southwest. Tufa casting is a labor-intensive process involving many steps, but the reward of creating a truly unique piece, never to be duplicated again, will leave you and your work with a lasting imprint and insight into a special technique in Hopi silversmithing.

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