TROY SICE (ZUNI)

Native American Art - - SCULPTURE -

A third-gen­er­a­tion carver from Zuni Pue­blo, Troy Sice started carv­ing in the sum­mer of 1994 when he was a fresh­man in high school. “There is a big in­flu­ence of Zuni in my work. There are themes from sto­ries or de­signs from Zuni pot­tery and vin­tage jew­elry,” he ex­plains. “In­spi­ra­tions come from ev­ery­where as well. It’s end­less.”

Sice uses a va­ri­ety of nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als in his work, such as elk or deer antlers, dif­fer­ent mar­bles, shells, corals, turquoise, lapis, sug­ilite, ster­ling sil­ver and gold. He is al­ways on the look­out for new ma­te­ri­als to in­cor­po­rate. “When I carve a piece, I make sure I sand a piece very well. This is key to a great pol­ish at the end. I don’t buy pre-pol­ished stones,” he says. “All in­lay in my pieces are hand cut and hand pol­ished. You have to take your time in ev­ery­thing you do to ac­com­plish a great piece.”

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