Duane Maktima’s ancestry is Hopi and Laguna. He specializes in unusual and carefully selected semi-precious stones set into his contemporary pieces. His Hopi overlay has morphed into Art Deco style jewelry.
He has a background as a painter but it was the carefully crafted one of a kind inlay jewelry that caught my eye during a trip along the Pecos Studio Tour event this autumn.
The Pecos Studio Tour is a small tour that takes you down some back country roads. This was how I found Duane Maktima’s home gallery (he also has a gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe.) Located down a dirt road in the Glorieta area about 45 minutes from Santa Fe, I found Maktima’s gallery and home. Friends and family were seated for a meal, which they quickly offered to me. I had enjoyed a ranch breakfast at a friend’s home down the road so declined, but noted that this type of hospitality is common.
Another visitor and I enjoyed looking at the beautiful jewelry in Maktima’s case. Each stone was worthy of adding to a collection on its own, but the way that Maktima used the stones, combined them and set them in beautiful gold and sterling was what has made him so well known.
This was a chance encounter… a surprise on the Pecos Art Trail, but a stop I will remember.
Pecos Studio Tour
Duane Maktima’s Website