“I really enjoy waking up to know I’m going to create something. A new day is a new piece.” –Cody Sanderson
Known for his imaginative, often playful style, Cody Sanderson uses traditional Navajo techniques that are inspired by his surroundings. Sanderson loves the challenge in creating something different and with this as his motivation, the results are a completely new, cutting-edge visual aesthetic, both contemporary and authentic. Working from his studio in Santa Fe, Sanderson often utilizes hand-fabricating techniques such as stamping, forging, casting and bending to craft his award-winning jewelry.
Originally from Window Rock, Arizona, Sanderson began making jewelry in 1999. He learned his craft through experimentation, getting instruction from other jewelers, and by taking classes in techniques such as tufa casting.
Since his first appearance at the Santa Fe Indian Market in 2002, Sanderson’s silversmithing has skyrocketed in popularity. Sophisticated, innovative designs are Sanderson’s hallmark, and he is constantly discovering ways to implement new ideas. He has earned numerous awards including “Best in Show” for his sterling silver Rubik’s Cube from the Heard Museum. Sanderson is also the recipient of prestigious fellowships from the Smithsonian and the Southwest Association for Indian Arts.