|Contemporary Hispanic jeweler Teresa Archibeque is a 4th generation Albuquerquean. The self taught jeweler has been executing her craft for more than 40 years. Her one-of-a-kind pieces are all hand fabricated, using a variety of traditional silversmith techniques and specially chosen semi-precious stones. Teresa's jewelry may be seen in galleries and collections around the country. Sumner & Dene Gallery is honored to represent Teresa's jewelry in Albuquerque. In September of 2010 at the Albuquerque Museum Teresa was recognized as a "Local Treasurer."
After graduating from UNM, Teresa spent a number of years working with groups supporting Cesar Chavez and the United Farm workers Union here in Albuquerque and California. In the early 70ís, she was the research consultant for an Arizona organization called Mexicanos Unidos which established a pilot arts programs for barrio children in Phoenix, bringing in noted craftsmen to work with the students. After 25 years as an Engineering Technologist Teresa has retired and continues to work at her passion of designing and fabricating jewelry
"As a New Mexican who is 4th generation on my motherís side and 3rd on my fatherís side , I continue to benefit from both the Anglo and Mexican heritage I was blessed with. In the wonderful South Valley of Albuquerque where I grew up and still live, I am continually exposed to the same spirit of colors and shapes, people with rich traditions and art which I hope translates somewhat into my designs. My work, I believe, is inspired by motifs used by the ancient artisans of Latin American countries. Sparked by the subtle interweaving of colors, shapes, textures and designs of these indigenous peoples, I attempt to create unique pieces of work that are reflective of me and my surroundings. My designs are an attempt to link the past to the present."|
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