Ray D. Garcia, Ray Duck, from San Felipe Pueblo began making jewelry as a young boy, under the teaching of his Father and Mother who made jewelry to support the family. Later on, as a student at Santa Fe Indian School, in the art department under the direction of Mr. John Tenorio Sr., from Santo Domingo Pueblo, he learned to make jewelry using various metals and stones. Upon graduation from Santa Fe Indian School, Ray Duck, joined the Navy and served his country on a Naval carrier visiting various countries which include the Middle East.
He then continued to develop as a jewelry artist on his own and has become a self taught jewelry artist venturing out in methods such as; tufa and cuttle bone casting, repousse, inlay and various other methods of making jewelry. He is also a lapidary artist, using various types of stones handpicked and cut to set in jewelry pieces he creates.
Ray Duck, has won awards at various shows for his work including; Red Earth Festival in Oklahoma City, Cahokia Mounds Fine Arts Show, Cahokia Mounds Historical Site, Collinsville, Illinois and Heard Museum Indian Art Market, Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona.
Currently, Ray Duck, resides in San Felipe Pueblo where he continues to create jewelry using designs from architectural sites he retains in his memory from his travels to various countries while in the Navy and designs he creates using nature and traditional designs he incorporates into each piece he creates in his studio. Ray Duck loves to create jewelry and art, he is most happy when he creates pieces that people can buy and remember his name and the person who created the piece.
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