Amelia Joe-Chandler ReUnion 2018 Sculpture

Amelia Joe-Chandler ReUnion 2018 Sculpture

A copper and silver sculpture/jewelry composition by artist and metalsmith Amelia Joe-Chandler. The traditional Navajo dwelling form sits atop a ring, while a bowl holds both a ring and a necklace. A bracelet completes the fascinating multi-part sculpture and jewelry composition.

Following is the artist’s statement regarding ReUnion 2018:

“Over the years I have lived in many places and have intertwined cultures wherever my parents moved our family. We moved depending on where our father could find work.

“My parents were my first art teachers. I learned to be creative to help bring in money for the family. I was a part of a team of artists.

“My father’s mother was a Two Grey Hills rug weaver. She was well known as an excellent designer of sheep wool rugs. It is my grandmother’s designs I use in many of my jewelry pieces today. She passed in 1963.

“My father taught me to honor my work because it comes from the same elements of life that all humans need: fire, air, water, earth. He taught me to “continue on” no matter what happens in life, good or bad, to keep moving.

“It is with this piece, ReUnion, that I honor my father and his mother (my grandmother), who are together again.

  • The hogan ring is modeled after my parents’ hogan
  • The lid/pendant is my grandmother’s rug design
  • The bracelet is a whimsical piece made with miniature weaving tools
  • The round bowl container represents mother earth. It is held up by 4 weaving combs.

“The elements of the ReUnion piece tell a story of a young man in his twenties desperately needing his mother’s voice and to hear the terms of endearment he often heard from her. They are together again, happy to be with one another, and I will have to “continue on”.

“Thank you for reading my story.”


  • Ring is size 7 1/4; hogan is 7/8 inches in diameter x 3/4 inch high
  • Bracelet is approximately 8 1/2 inches in length
  • Pendant is 3 inches in diameter; necklace is 25 inches long
  • Bowl is 3 3/8 inches diameter x 1 inch high

Please call 207 423-8473 to inquire about this wearable sculpture.


Amelia Joe-Chandler ReUnion 2018 Sculpture

Amelia Joe-Chandler is Diné (Navajo) and is of the Bitterwater (todich’ iinnii) Clan, born for the Mud (hast lish nii) Clan.

Amelia Joe-Chandler (Navajo)
Amelia Joe-Chandler (Navajo)

2013: 2nd Place, Sculpture, Santa Fe Indian Market

2012: Best of Classification, Sculpture, Santa Fe Indian Market

2006-2007: Artist of the Year, Indian Arts and Crafts Association (IACA)

2006: 2nd Place award for a marriage of metals necklace with earrings.

2005: Honorable Mention at the Heard Museum Indian Fair and Market for a silver Mud Hogan Teapot.

She has won many other awards.

Artist Statement

My traditional Navajo background surfaces in all aspects of my jewelry design. A complete shift from traditional Navajo silversmith design to modern design will never happen for me. The Navajo culture is a powerful part of my life and I want parts of it to always surface in my designs. I have managed to combine my traditional ways with contemporary jewelry techniques.The Diné (Navajo) Philosophy of Life encompasses air, fire, water, and earth. The four sacred directions, colors, plants, and mountains are an integral part of my designs. These elements of nature – life giving sources – will not be shown together in one whole piece. To “”Walk in Beauty”” (Hozho’), as I have learned, is not easy when one walks in two worlds.

Indiana University-1997 Master of Science,Art Education with an emphasis in Metalsmith & Jewelry Design

New Mexico State University-1987 Bachelor of Science Art Education

Professional Experience
1997 to Present: Silversmith ~ Joe-Chandler Jewelry
1987 -2001: Art Teacher ~ Pre-school thru College
1975-1989: Sandpainter ~ Self-employed

Professional Memberships

Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG)
Indian Arts and Crafts Association (IACA)American Craft Council (ACC)

Dancing Bear Gallery Solo Show, Dirt & Art Expo, EyeCon Eyewear Exhibition, IAIA Contemporary Native American Art Show, MetalWorks: Containers of Form, Pinon Arts and Humanities Art Show, Playful Intent, Shot Tower Gallery: Honoring Native American Women and Women Artists, Home & Away Gallery Solo Shows, 2005 and 2006. Shows Art in the Park, Aspen Art Show, Durango Main Avenue Arts Festival, Eitlejorg Museum Indian Market, Heard Museum Indian Market, IACA Wholesale Show, Kansas City Indian Market & Southwest Showcase, Mid America Native American/Southwest Art Show, Moab Arts Festival, Museum of Northern Arizona Navajo Marketplace, Native American Artist Invitational, Native Harvest Art Festival, Prescott Indian Market, Red Earth, Santa Fe Indian Market, Texas Indian Market & Southwest Showcase

Artist in Residence
Career Preparatory School, Cortez Community School of the Arts, FCS Bioregional Outdoor Education Project, High Desert Summer School, Eagle Rock School.

Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 10 × 10 in
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