About Ray "Duck" Garcia
I was born into a family of jewelry and pottery artists. I am from the Corn Clan and I am from and live in San Felipe Pueblo..
My interest in jewelry began at the age of ten as I began to work with my family, cutting stones and making turquoise and heishi necklaces for traditional wear and to sell to tourists. This provided income for our family. At the age of sixteen I was formally introduced to silversmith work by my Mother and a teacher at Santa Fe Indian School. Upon graduation from Santa Fe Indian School at the age of Seventeen I joined the United States Navy. During my travels to many different countries while in the United States Navy I experienced many different cultures and art which inspired me. Some of this influence is inherent in my pieces that I create today.
All my jewelry is created using my hands. I cut and fashion my stones and metal for use in my jewelry along with casting methods using Sterling Silver in Tufa stone and Cuttlebone.
I have won various awards for both Pottery and Jewelry at The Heard Museum Indian Art Market in Phoenix, Arizona, Red Earth Indian Art Market in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Cahokia Mounds Contemporary Indian Art Show, in Collinsville, Illinois and the Artesian Arts Festival in Sulphur, Oklahoma. My work has also been shown at the Southwestern Indian Art Market in Tucson, Arizona, Indian Summer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Haskell Indian Art Market in Lawrence, Kansas, and SWAIA Indian Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico.And the American Indian Arts Festival at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM.
I believe that my art work will continue to grow as I challenge myself to grow using old and new techniques in both my jewelry to create pieces for people to enjoy.