The Indian Arts & Craft Association at its annual spring show and sale selected Albuquerque, New Mexico-based artist Shane Hendren as their 2007-2008 Artist of the Year. It is the first time in the history of this organization this prestigious award has been given on a masterpiece that has Japanese influence. Hendren charts this Native American Craft movement for a contemporary piece of jewelry that incorporates various advanced metalsmithing techniques, including, but not limited to the Japanese laminating technique known as mokume gane. The necklace titled “Sacred Circles” is a reversible masterpiece, with each circle tufa cast, married metals accentuate the outside of seven circles, accented with 27 layers of copper and silver mokume-gane shadowboxed on one side, and inlaid with Wright’s Mountain on the reverse side. The
Shane Hendren, of Navajo, Choctaw, Comanche and Irish heritage, attended the Institute of the American Indian Arts in
Upon graduation from IAIA Shane pursued a museum career. He installed the first exhibit for the Museum of the American Indian in
Using the Japanese technique of laminating metals in his jewelry was not only symbolic of the way Shane walks in two worlds but also a physical representation of that. These techniques are virtually unused by other Indigenous jewelers and few non-native jewelers due to the high level of skill required to perform them.
Shane Hendren’s designs and work recently received First, Second,