Joseph Coriz was born in 1958. Although he began his career as a draftsman, he soon was inspired to follow in the footprints of his parents, who were very successful at making beautiful hand made jewelry. Joseph uses his artistic skills to create his own unique style. He combines traditional methods of hand crafting intricate overlay jewelry and adds his own unique contemporary flare.
The work of Joseph Coriz is very distinctive and easily recognizable. He works primarily with sterling silver highlighted by solid 14K gold. His themes often involve petroglyphs, the earth-creating turtle, and corn or maize, symbol of growth and prosperity.
With his dramatic overlay and stamp work he is able to allow his creativity to flourish, creating some of the finest jewelry available today. His creations include rings, necklaces, bolos, pendants, bracelets, earrings, buckles, and concho belts. His awards include: Santa Fe Indian Market, Eight Northern Pueblo Art Show, Colorado Springs Art Show, New Mexico State Fair, and the Heard Museum Art Show.
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