Page 12 - IACA Journal, Spring 2012

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When Earl Plummer was
named IACA's 2011 Artist of
the Year, he took it as a sign his
luck was turning around for the
better. Earl suffered a severe in-
jury to his hand, costing him
the ability to make a living in
2010. He has won numerous
awards over the years, including
prizes at the Gallup Inter-tribal
Ceremonial, the Santa Fe In-
dian Market and the Heard
Museum Guild Indian Fair and
Market.
Earl is of the Salt Clan and Edge of the Water Clan. Originally from Gallup,
today he lives in Thoreau, New Mexico, with his wife Jennifer and their four
children. After learning how to work with silver from his family, he started
making simple stamp work jewelry. He says his designs are inspired by nature
and he enjoys working with natural stones. His jewelry has a contemporary
elegance and showcases his master lapidary skills -- resulting in finely sculpted,
cobble, mosaic, channel inlay pieces of natural turquoise and other precious
and semi-precious gemstones set in silver or gold. His award-winning neck-
lace is a testament to his one-of-a-kind craftsmanship. He takes the classic
Squash Blossom necklace and gives it a contemporary look with high grade
Morenci turquoise in an elegant cobblestone inlay design inspired by the
ketoh (bow guard).
Earl's work is featured in many fine galleries throughout the United States,
including the Home and Away Gallery (ME), Wright's Indian Art Gallery
(NM), Nanibah Gallery (AZ), The Indian Craft Shop (DC), Danny's Jewelry
(AZ), Hoels Indian Shop (AZ) and
Arches Trading Post (UT) and more.
He used his term as Artist of the Year
to attend shows and make special pre-
sentations at many IACA member
galleries, encouraging the public to
support authenticity and join IACA.
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