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Meet the Artists: Althea and Joe Cajero

  • Gallery Chaco 2000 Bellamah Avenue Northwest Albuquerque, NM, 87104 United States (map)

Meet artists Joe and Althea Cajero. Joe Cajero, Jr. of Jemez Pueblo is a renowned bronze and clay sculptor who has been creating clay originals and limited edition bronze sculptures for more than 17 years now. Joe enjoys working with commercial clay and traditional Jemez clays, as well as the process of selecting the patinas (colors), which are used in the finish of bronze sculptures. Joe is also creating a line of jewelry castings inspired by images taken from his bronze sculptures. He is excited about the creative possibilities that each medium has to offer. Althea Cajero of Santo Domingo and Acoma Pueblos uses sterling silver, 14K gold, and 18K gold in her jewelry and also integrates natural materials including turquoise, coral, pearls, jaspers, and agates. Althea is fascinated with the beautiful texture of cuttlefish bone castings, which she incorporates into a majority of her designs through the use of hand fabrication. The married couple were named Living Treasures by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. This is a great honor for any artist, but especially poignant for a husband and wife. 

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