Ric Charlie, originally from Tuba City, hails from the Edgewater and Black Street Wood clans of the Navajo people. Inspired by the tufa cast work of Charles Loloma and Preston Monogye, he studied jewelry making in the 1970s at Arizona State and the University of Arizona. He is known today as a great master of tufa stone cast jewelry and an innovator in coloring sterling silver into gold, rust, tan and green patinas using a proprietary technique he learned through trial and error. He has also innovated in the creation of tufa stone carving by drawing fine and large lines in the stone using delicate precision tools. His designs are inspired by the sandstone bluffs and monumental landscapes of his Navajo homeland. He often uses the medicine man symbol and the “Yeibechai” as key elements in his jewelry. Ric has won best in show at the Heard Museum, Museum of Northern Arizona and the Santa Fe Indian Market. He is the recipient of the Raymond Dewey memorial award for excellence in tufa stone casting.
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