Jonah Hill is a member of the Quechan and Hopi tribes. He is a multi-media artist specializing in wood carving, metal work, and printmaking. After attending the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe New Mexico, he returned to Flagstaff to where he currently lives and works in his studio producing one of a kind pieces of art. He draws upon his traditional teachings and experience as a medicinal herbalist and river guide to create a form of art that he refers to as Neo-traditional. Using the elements of nature, he produces sterling silver jewelry, linoleum block prints, and wood carvings that connect the collector to the deserts and rivers of the Four Corners region. By doing so, Jonah hopes that the collector will feel a connection to the ancient cultures of the region and feel a sense of belonging while wearing or displaying his art. Jonah has won awards at the Museum of Northern Arizona Hopi market, and at the Hopi Tribal All Native Art show in Flagstaff and is constantly striving to perfect his art. Custom orders are welcome and Jonah is happy to work with you on whatever vision you have to create a striking appearance to your surroundings.
Sand cast items are created using a procedure developed by Navajo silversmiths in the mid-1800's. Using porous volcanic tuff stone, porous tufa stone, or sandstone, the artist first carves the design of the item being cast. A flat stone is then placed against the carved half of the mold. The halves are fastened together and a sprue hole is carved into one end. Molten silver is poured into the mold. Once the silver cools, the item is taken out and finished.