Tommy Singer was born in 1940 and passed away May 31, 2014. He was from Winslow, Arizona where he lived with his wife Rose and their children and grandchildren. Tommy was a regarded silversmith and is known throughout the world for his jewelry work. His overlay pieces incorporate the most traditional of Navajo design – designs that have endured for years and years. Many of these designs are of Navajo rugs and other traditional designs.
Tommy grew up in a small community of Dilcon on the Navajo Reservation. He uses sterling silver and turquoise to create artistic expressions of Navajo traditional ways. Tommy stated: "I make jewelry out of silver. Every piece is made with the meanings of my traditional ways – the Navajo way of living. My father was a silversmith. He taught me and wanted me to continue his trade. It was my father's dream that I learn to silversmith so that I could continue his beliefs." In the 1960's, Tommy became famous for inventing the use of turquoise and coral chips in silverwork. This method of design is referred to as "chip-inlay". So successful was this invention that many Navajo craftsmen copy the method.
His work is well known internationally and is featured in a number of Indian art publications. One can easily recognize Tommy's work. He marks his finished pieces with "T. Singer" or with "T and a crescent moon". Whether Tommy created a bolo tie, buckle, ring, necklace, pendant, or bracelet, he stated that, "All my jewelry is made to satisfy my customer. Each piece is unique and is made very different. I try hard to make different styles and designs of my jewelry." Tommy's work is very popular and it is copied by many other artists. This is your chance to own an original silver masterpiece by the master of Silversmithing