ShowsStudios

Whimsical, Unique and Colorful Inlay Stone Jewelry

El Morro, New Mexico | 142 Sales

ShowsStudios

Whimsical, Unique and Colorful Inlay Stone Jewelry

El Morro, New Mexico 142 Sales On Etsy since 2016

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Turza and Andrew Shows

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Turza and Andrew Shows

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We will be at the SANTA FE ARTISTS' MARKET Sat. July 20th, 2019, at the railyard in Santa Fe, NM, across the street from REI. The summer hours are 8 am - 2 pm. Come see our jewelry and all the beautiful, handcrafted items for sale and meet the artists that created them.

Aug. 17-18th we'll be at the Golden Fine Arts Show in Golden, CO. This is a great show in a beautiful setting.

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Last updated on Jul 16, 2019

SHOW CALENDAR
We will be at the SANTA FE ARTISTS' MARKET Sat. July 20th, 2019, at the railyard in Santa Fe, NM, across the street from REI. The summer hours are 8 am - 2 pm. Come see our jewelry and all the beautiful, handcrafted items for sale and meet the artists that created them.

Aug. 17-18th we'll be at the Golden Fine Arts Show in Golden, CO. This is a great show in a beautiful setting.

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We began working together in 1978.

Turza Wells and Andrew Shows, began working together in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was a silversmith from Illinois with a Bachelor's degree in art education, and he was a painter and sculptor from Maryland with a Bachelor's in drawing and painting and a Master's in sculpture and ceramics. They combined their expertise and created a unique style of inlay jewelry, which uses nontraditional epoxy and incorporates Andrew's sculpture skills for hand-carving the images. The materials he uses range from semi-precious stones, shells, natural stones, even stabilized and sometimes man made, allowing him a wide and varied pallet. The carving is long and tedious process and must be handled with care and caution. Turza does the metal fabrication after they jointly decide on a design. Then the images are arranged so that they tell a story. Each piece goes through 17 steps until it is ready for its final polish, which creates a lustrous, smooth and tactile surface.
As their work developed over the years, they owned a gallery; sold to museums, including the St. Louis Art Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian; worked in the fashion industry with a feature in ELLE Magazine; and sold and displayed their work world-wide including Harrods of London. Now their jewelry is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Indian Art and Culture in Santa Fe, New Mexico, though they are among the few non-Indians selected.
They also created a line of original cast pieces. The subjects range from Day of the Dead to fanciful animal motifs. The influence on the pieces comes from Andrew and Turza's fascination with history and the discovery and empathy of different cultures encountered on their travels.

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    In 1978 two artists, Turza Wells and Andrew Shows, began working together in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Their first pieces were a collaboration of setting Indian potsherds as jewelry. In 1979 Andrew had a dream about inlaying bears into jewelry.

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