Thomas Singer (1938 - 2014) Tommy Singer


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Picture of Tommy Singer Diné Navajo Nation

Picture of Tommy Singer Diné Navajo Nation Hallmark

Tommy Singer, Diné, Navajo Nation, active ca. 1960s-present: Silver, chip inlay jewelry Tommy [was] the husband of Rose Singer; brother of Charlie Singer, William Singer, and Jackie Singer. Tommy Singer grew up on the Navajo Reservation and was taught silversmithing by his father, beginning at the age of seven. In the 1960s he invented the "chip-inlay" technique of using turquoise or coral chips in the silverwork. This technique has become widespread in his community. He also used stamps and work in overlay.

Photos courtesy of Gregory Schaaf (American Indian Jewelry I: 1,200 Artist Biographies by Gregory and Angie Yan Schaaf.)

Reference: American Indian Jewelry III: M-Z 2,100 Artist Biographies by Gregory and Angie Yan Schaaf.

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