Published on February 11, 2013 by Casey
Cippy Crazyhorse, originally Cipriano Quintana, was born November 4, 1946 to a family of artists. Cippy Crazyhorse is the son of respected Pueblo jewelers Terecita and Joe Quintana. In Cippy’s work, it is evident that his parents passed on their knowledge of traditional Pueblo jewelry techniques. His artistic style of deep designs stamped into ingot silver can be very reminiscent of vintage Pueblo silverwork. Yet he hasn’t failed to extend his skills, and expand his style, to more modern artistic endeavours as well.
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Cippy Crazyhorse studied Anthropology at Eastern New Mexico University at Portales from 1966 – 69. Upon completing school, he served in the U.S. Navy until 1972. When Cippy finally returned home, he wasn’t interested in a career in art. Instead, he began work as an electrician’s assistant during the construction of the Cochiti Dam. However, a work-related injury in 1974 forced Cippy to abandon that career and turn to silver work. With help from his father and wife, he rapidly gained notoriety for his jewelry.
For almost 40 years Cippy Crazyhorse has continued to make high-quality jewelry and is undoubtably considered a “Master Silversmith”. He has acquired many awards and commendations along the way, including being named as one of the “Seven Standouts” of Indian market in 2008 by The Santa Fean magazine. His work is collected all over the world, from California to Japan.
Cippy is still married and has three children of his own. He continues to be very involved with the Cochiti Pueblo and was their Governor as recently as 2006. Cippy Crazyhorse has true passion for his art and the people who enjoy it. “I have won awards and ribbons, but when I see or hear the appreciation and happiness my work brings to those who have pieces, it makes me want to do more.”