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Collaborations

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Above all MAIDA values traditional artists from ancient lands... dedicated to discovering artists and preserving heritage. MAIDA collaborates with Indigenous artists, creating one of a kind, hand made pieces.

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Gino Antonio —

Naja Pendants, Arrowheads, Diptych Earrings, Sterling Silver Rings

Window Rock, AZ. cast in sandstone

MAIDA's collaboration with artisan, horse healer, vet, and Navajo activist Gino Antonio presents four handmade jewelry pieces - the Naja Pendant, Arrowheads, Diptych Earrings, and Sterling Silver Rings.

Made with all natural materials, MAIDA's collaboration with Antonio is made in the tradition of metal work that has been passed down by his grandfather.

Gino’s pieces feel full of life. They’re bold and behold a life force of that of a healer and ancient soul. Each piece of Gino’s is blessed by the artist.

The Diptych Earrings —

Sterling Silver

sold in radiant silver, or patina

Made from the silver remains in Gino’s studio, each earring is organic in shape. Cast in sand stone the earrings carry the history of the place and space in which they’re from.

The Naja Pendant —

sterling silver, natural calfskin

pendant made in small and large

The Naja Pendant represents Gino’s take on the Navajo squash blossom with MAIDA’s minimalist vision.

A symbol for protection, the Naja pendant hangs from a twisted natural leather brown cord. Collectors choice, the Naja Pendant can be worn long, or tied closer to the neck as a choker with a double or single cord. The necklace can be secured when tied to the silver ring clasp.

Rings —

sterling silver, sandstone cast, adjustable or solid band

sold individually but beautiful to wear as a set

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Arrowheads —

sterling silver

sold on natural european leather choker w magnetic cord, or sterling silver box chain

arrowheads are sold in various sizes, no two are alike, and have a natural sandstone cast texture

arrowheads are made small, medium, or large

Camilla Trujillo —

Sopero Spanish Soup Plates, Salinas Candlesticks

Española, NM., clay, stone polished or non toxic glaze

Camilla Trujillo has been studying traditional regional pottery techniques for over 25 years and instructing for 18 years.

A native New Mexican, her love for micaceous clay and traditional firing techniques has infused her own work and fueled her fascination with the regions unique culture.

She owns her own business, Tonita’s Best Balms (sold at the Santa Fe Farmers Market and other outlets), is author of the book Española: Images of America, which features history, personal interviews of Española residents.

(excerpt below from interview with Camilla Trujillo, for full interview click here)

Sopero Soup Plate —

The designs on the soup plate can be found in Colonial-era Churches through Rio Arriba, NM.

The soup plate takes its origin based on found pottery from archeological digs in Central New Mexico from the time the Spanish Franciscans established their first missions in the 1600’s.

After the Pueblo Revolt the plates were no longer made as a means to pay Spanish tax, the production of the soup plates became recreational, no longer forced, and so the designs flowered and the Native potters were free to treat the ware with their artistry.

All pieces are made with a mixture of locally harvested clay from Española, NM.

Primitive fired, stone polished, or fired with a non-toxic glaze.

Four Cross —

ceramic, four cross detail

primitive fired, stone polished or non toxic glazed

1600’s design

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Pecos —

ceramic, Pecos plain detail

primitive fired, stone polished or non-toxic glazed

1600’s design

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Los Golondrinas

ceramic, Los Golondrinas spotted detail

primitive fired, stone polished or non-toxic glazed

1600’s design

Chocolatero

micaceous clay, iron lid
Made by Camilia Trujillo & René Zamora in New Mexico

Featured at the 2nd International Triennale of Kogei in Kanazawa, Japan

The chocolatero was originally a spice jar that arrived in New Mexico from Asia via the Manila Galleons Spanish trading ships during the 17th & 18th centuries.

Once in Mexico the spice jar was retrofitted with a locking iron lid and used to store precious cocoa beans, which at the time were almost as valuable as gold.

Camilla Trujillo has recreated the chocolate storage jar out of micaceous clay and Zamora in Mexican tradition has hand foraged the locking iron lid.

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Salinas Mission Valley Candlesticks

The Salinas Candleholders are a design based on found pottery from archeological digs in Eastern New Mexico.

Now reproduced in Española, New Mexico by Camilla Trujillo - the design exemplifies the mixed ancestry that is the southwest, a combination of Tewa tradition and Spanish Franciscan, dating back to the Spanish Missions of the 1600’s.

Because modern brick kilns were not yet in New Mexico, pieces were primitive fired and given a stone polish finish with no glaze.

Salinas Candlesticks

pink micaceous clay

primitive fired, stone polished

1600’s design

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Salinas

Candlesticks—

white clay, black smoke detail

primitive fired, stone polished

1600’s design

The successful production of the Soup Plate during the Colonial Mexican, and Territorial eras indicates a steady learning curve for the farmers and ranchers of New Mexico. Wheat, fruit trees, alfalfa, and herbs combined with the Native plantings of corn, chile, beans, and squash created a diet and life style that is New Mexico. If we are what we eat, then we’ve become what we eat out of. In a world of fast food and Take-out, I want to say, This Is Possible.
— Camila Trujillo