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Claudia Chavez work
I was born and raised in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico. Along with living in Santa Fe, I have spent my entire life on our family ranch. I currently sell my jewelry on Santa Fe’s Historic Plaza through the City of Santa Fe’s Plaza Artisan Program. Through this program I am able to meet customers from all over the world. I have also showcased my jewelry in many art shows including the prestigious Contemporary Hispanic Market, Santa Fe, NM, where I was awarded Best Jewelry Non-Precious in 2015.

I am a self-taught bead artist and have been creating original, delicate designs since 1992. In 1997 I created my Flower Garden Necklace. This design has evolved over the years and is now my top selling item. My customers tell me that this necklace is a conversation piece and sometimes they get stopped so people can get a closer look. My highest compliment is their repeat business.

My beaded jewelry pieces are one-of-a-kind, handcrafted originals. I generally work in three Bead Work methods: Bead Weaving, General Jewelry Construction and my own self-developed Wire Wrapping/Weaving Technique. I use high quality materials such as natural stones & pearls, Czech Artistic Glass, seed beads, etc. Bead Work is a very colorful and expressive art form. I am constantly inspired by nature and the beautiful scenery I am surrounded by. I touch, I feel, I meditate, I pray; if I don't create, I feel incomplete.

ART SHOWS AND VENDORS

City of Santa Fe Plaza Vendor Program – 2008 - present
Contemporary Hispanic Market, Santa Fe, NM – 2007 - present
Rio Grande Arts & Crafts, Albuquerque NM 2011 - present
Tubac Festival of The Arts, Tubac, AZ 2011 - present
National Hispanic Cultural Center, ABQ, NM - 2016
Heard Museum, Phoenix AZ - 2013-2015 - INVITATION ONLY
4th Ave Fair, Tucson, AZ - 2015
Santa Fe Artist's Market at Railyard Park, 2011-2015
Bead Fest Santa Fe - 2010
Fiesta Council Labor Day, Santa Fe, NM – 2005-2007
Girls Inc., Santa Fe, NM – 2006-2007
Spanish Colonial Museum Gift Shop – 2007-08
Santa Fe Opera Gift Shop – 1996-2000
See Current SHOW SCHEDULE

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Santa Fe Community College – 1996-present
Bead Expressions – 2006-present
Girls Rock sponsored by Georgia O'Keeffe Museum – 2006