Tommy Singer

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Tommy Singer
Tommy Singer 2.jpg
Silver overlay bolo tie by Tommy Singer, ca. 1980s
Born 1940
Arizona
Nationality Navajo Nation
Education Trained by father
Known for Silversmithing
Website http://www.tommysingerjewelry.com

Tommy Singer (born 1940) is a Navajo silversmith who specialized in chip-inlay jewelry.[1] His inlaid turquoise, coral, and silver pieces incorporated traditional Navajo designs. Singer gained acclaim as the originator of the chip inlay design which he developed in the 1970s.

Singer was a member of the Navajo Nation from Winslow, Arizona. He perfected his craft working on the Navajo reservation in a small studio surrounded with his family and other tribal members.

He grew up on the Navajo Reservation and was taught silversmithing by his father, beginning at the age of seven.[2] In the 1960s he invented the "chip-inlay" technique of using turquoise or coral chips in this silverwork. This technique has become widespread in his community. He also used stamps and work in overlay.[1]

When asked about his work, Singer said,"Every piece is made with the various meanings from my traditional ways - the Navajo way of living. My father was a silversmith, too. He taught me, and wanted me to continue this trade. It was my father's dream that I learn to silversmith so that I could continue his beliefs."[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "Artist Bios: Tommy Singer." Two Dogs Southwest Gallery. (retrieved 6 April 2011)
  2. ^ "Tommy Singer." Rover of Time Museum. (retrieved 6 April 2011)

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