Rick Manuel, Silversmith

Rick Manuel, O’odham Silversmith. Tucson, AZ  |  2020

Rick Manuel was raised by O’odham basketweavers and farmers and has over 48 years of experience as a silversmith, an artform he learned from teachers and his own experimentation, applying skills he learned in other trades, particularly carpentry. Early on, he studied and imitated Diné (Navajo) jewelers’ styles and designs then turned to O’odham symbols and scenery. One of his collections celebrates the traditions of O’odham women, including traditions such as the harvesting saguaro fruit, carrying burden baskets, making pottery and baskets, and baking bread in an old mud oven. He will work with his son, Jacob Manuel.

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