Takala, Jason – Double Overlay Silver Seedpot with Mimbres Lizards
Jason Takala has long been one of the most sought-after Hopi jewelers creating the classic double overlay. Each piece is creatively designed and then cut out of sterling silver or gold and then soldered to the second piece of silver. As long as I have known Jason, he has been fascinated with making “pottery” in silver. This seedpot is made from three layers of silver. The top is a double overlay and then it is soldered to a bottom layer of silver to create the “seedpot”. The design on top has a Mimbres lizard on one side and a Mimbres lizard in reverse on the other. They are separated by a checkerboard pattern. It is a complex design to cut into silver! It is stamped on the back with his signature hallmark.
I’m am pleased to once again be working with Jason Takala. My parents worked with him for years at our store in Colorado in the 1980s-2000. His creative and distinctive jewelry, as well as his famous seedpots, are what have made him so famous. However, it is a great friendship and connection of almost 40 years that is an important part of having his work here in our galleries!