Hoop Dancer Series

"Hoop Dancer"  is both a tribute to and a personal  interpretation of the spirituality and purpose behind the performances of Native American Hoop Dancers.  The pieces explore the interconnection of the circles of life that are traditionally represented when hoop dances are performed.  The various circles converge at a single point, yet maintain their separation  and freedom of movement. 

Each piece is individually constructed - wire is cut, formed, soldered, textured.    I use a variety of materials: sterling silver, copper and  14/20 karat gold filled wire. Each metal imparts a different sense of  style to the pieces.  To further explore the potential of the stories that are told through hoop dancing,  I sometimes add a precious  or semi-precious stone to pieces.  Some pieces are finished with  a patina, some are hand textured and highly polished, some have a matte finish - each is an adventure in expression.

It is my hope that each person who wears "Hoop Dancers"  feels  joy and freedom of movement, while also experiencing a sense of connection with this world in which we all live.

Hand textured sterling silver earrings with an apatite stone.
  Hand textured gold filled wire earrings with a black diamond.
  Large and small sterling silver rings representing the various circles of life are intersected by a single lightning bolt -that spark of life that is a miracle. Turquoise beads accent the bolt.
Hand textured sterling silver earrings with an apatite stone.   Hand textured gold filled wire earrings with a black diamond.  

Large and small sterling silver rings representing the various circles of life are intersected by a single lightning bolt -that spark of life that is a miracle. Turquoise beads accent the bolt.

Photo courtesy of LLK Photography

         
Black and White Circle Spirit pendant features large and small sterling silver rings representing  the various circles of life are intersected by a single  oxidized (blackened) lightning bolt -  that spark of life that is a miracle.   Large Hoop Dancer Earrings. Half round sterling hoops with turquoise accent stones.  

Black and White Circle Spirit pendant features large and small sterling silver rings representing the various circles of life are intersected by a single oxidized (blackened) lightning bolt - that spark of life that is a miracle.

Photo courtesy of LLK Photography

 

Large Hoop Dancer Earrings. Half round sterling hoops with turquoise accent stones.

Photo courtesy of LLK Photography