Patrick Smith is a contemporary-style Navajo silversmith. He was born on the Navajo Reservation where he attended boarding school. He completed his education in Flagstaff, Arizona, and holds a Master of Arts degree in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Northern Arizona University.
Throughout his artistic career, Patrick Smith’s experimental jewelry pieces are probably best described as a stylish collision of natural-world elements and contemporary design shapes that combine surface texture with three-dimensional artistic flair.
To create his distinctive, contemporary style jewelry, Patrick enjoys using multiple metal forming techniques—especially hollowform, concaving, and anticlastic shaping. He adds enticing color with natural stone lapidary work. Engraving a sandy texture enhances hand stamped, stylized tribal motifs, as does buffing a stamped piece to a satin rather than a high-gloss finish.
“One of my favorite jewelry techniques is to fabricate large hollow form pieces in different shapes that present an illusion of mass without the weight. The challenge is not in making a variety of unusual forms as much as putting them together in a cohesive, wearable art piece.”
Patrick’s current interests are experimenting with metal corrugation, press forming silver beads and other form shapes.
Area 51 Sterling Silver Bead Necklace
23" x 1" x 5/8" (large beads) graduating to 3/4" x 3/4" x 5/8" (small beads)