Valerie Calabaza (Santo Domingo Pueblo)

About the Artist

Joe Jr. is the son of Joe and Mary Calabaza, and has learned the fine art of heishi making from his parents. He and his wife Valerie are carrying on a great Santo Domingo tradition, and have recently applied their acquired techniques to earrings in addition to necklaces. In classic Santo Domingo style the Calabaza's make all of their beads by hand, grinding the inside to make them into beads and shaping the pieces.

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