Born in the early 1960’s, Navajo artist Edison Cummings initially trained as a painter. By the time he studied metalsmithing, Edison was well-equipped to apply his painterly techniques towards jewelry making. Edison’s original jewelry designs combine materials and textures much like a painter would blend colors to compose a picture. The result is a visually stimulating piece of wearable artwork.
He uses a great variety of processes. From repousse to chiseling to inlaying, stamping, and tufa casting. Besides jewelry and painting, Edison Cummings has also ingeniously crafted silver in other incredible forms including flatware, teapots, coffee pots, purses, and boxes.
Edison Cummings has won quite a few awards including the coveted Best of Class at both SWAIA’s Indian Market as well as the Heard Museum’s Indian Fair and Market.