- Award-winning contemporary jewelry artist
- Isleta Pueblo/Navajo
- Creates cutting-edge jewelry with high quality gemstones
- Channel inlay, tufa casting, feather designs, hand-rolled beads
- Best of Division, Santa Fe Indian Market, 1993
- 1st Place, Gallup Inter-tribal Indian Ceremonial, 1987, 1981, 1992
- Artist of the Year, Indian Arts and Crafts Association, 1997
“It is an enormous pleasure to be recognized for my art form by an establishment synonymous with quality and integrity. To be able to reach an audience that might not otherwise have access to my work or be exposed to all spectrums of my designs is invaluable, and I am appreciative to be one of the highlighted artists represented by Shumakolowa Native Arts.”- Michael Kirk
Michael Kirk is an internationally renowned jewelry artist of Isleta Pueblo and Navajo descent. He is known for his high end and one-of-a-kind gold and silver jewelry pieces that use precious and semi-precious gemstones of the highest quality. Kirk has been creating pieces since 1971. He is seen as a pioneer in the Native American jewelry world for his use of gold.
Kirk creates pieces using a variety of traditional techniques, including mosaic inlay, sand-casting and the nearly lost art of hand-rolled bead making. One of his signature designs is delicately engraved feather pieces, though he is also known for his cutting-edge and contemporary work that challenges common beliefs about what Native American jewelry is.