Ornament Magazine

VOL37.1 2014

Ornament is the leading magazine celebrating wearable art. Explore jewelry, fashion, beads; contemporary, ancient and ethnographic.

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P at P ruitt Prototype to Perfection Diana F. Pardue 42 ORNAMENT 37.1.2013 I t starts with a sketch and then it is followed by several more. One or two might be selected and refined to make an item of jewelry, a vase, a unique piece. This is a glimpse of the creative process of Pat Pruitt. Although he learned traditional silverworking techniques as a teenager, Pruitt's later training in mechanical engineering led him to understand the properties of stainless steel and titanium, adapting them first to body piercing jewelry and then to more conventional jewelry forms. For several years, Pruitt has created a line of bracelets, necklaces and other jewelry items as well as one-of-a-kind belts, vases and other distinctive objects like a set of spurs and a tribute dog collar and chain for his beloved Mooch. His entries in regional American Indian art fairs have garnered Pruitt several awards but also the attention of Southwestern art collectors. His jewelry line is unusual not only for the materials he uses but also for his distinctive designs. Pruitt's path to jewelry design could be perceived as partly traditional and nontraditional. He was raised in Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico and is of Pueblo, Chiricahua Apache and Caucasian heritage. At the age of fifteen while recovering from a bike accident, he was fortunate that silversmith Greg Lewis allowed him to try his hand at metalworking. Lewis, according to Pruitt, is one of those "unsung heroes." Lewis is a traditional silversmith who excels at making everything by hand including many of his

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