Award-winning precious metals artist and Santa Fe native Gregory Segura started perfecting his silversmithing skills in the 1990s. He had served in the U.S. Air Force and worked as a hotel manager and financial planner but his heart was looking for a new, more creative career path. In, 2008 Gregory picked up his hammer and lit his torch and never looked back.
Although he had taken a metalworking class in the 1980s, Greg’s expertise with silver is largely self-taught. “Working with silver just comes naturally to me,” he admits. “Sculpting, painting, and carving do not come to me with the ease and understanding I feel in working with silver and stones. I guess you could say I was born with a silver spoon (I made) in my mouth.”
Gregory’s work reflects his Spanish and Native American heritage. For each of his original designs, he draws on the legacy of New Mexico’s master silversmiths as well as rich culture and natural beauty of the region. His work encompasses a wide range of diverse designs, from traditional to contemporary, making each piece individual and unique.
Gregory crafts his pieces by hand from the heaviest gauge sterling silver possible for that piece. Since launching Santa Fe Silverworks in 2008, he has attracted a loyal following for his attention to quality, detail, and the inherent beauty of his materials. In 2010, he received the E. Boyd Memorial Award for Originality and Expressive Design at Santa Fe’s annual Traditional Spanish Market. That same piece, Corazón de Santa Fe, also won in the market’s precious metals category. That year, 2010, was his debut year juried into the market. In 2013, at Gregory’s forth Traditional Spanish Market, he was awarded the First Place Blue Ribbon in Precious Metals for his 75ct Ruby Sacred Heart Rosary and in 2014 he was awarded once again for his work with a double-sided Sacred Heart necklace, taking second place. Two awards were again given to Gregory in 2016 for his “Viva la Reina” necklace, awarded the poster for the 2017 Las Cruces Spanish Market and was awarded for his gold adorned “Guadalupe Cuff”. Then again in 2018 Gregory was awarded 1st and 2nd place in Precious Metals at Traditional Spanish Market in Santa Fe.
The world-renowned Author, Collector and Dealer of Native American Art, Martha Struever, invited Gregory to be the only Spanish Market Artist during her 2011 Summer Native American Artist Tour.
In 2017 the Albuquerque Museum purchased the necklace “Empress Isabel” for permanent collection and included it in their exhibit “Jewelry From New Mexico” which will tour museums throughout the world from 2018 – 2023.
Gregory’s work is regularly featured in Robert Redford’s Sundance Catalog’s Heritage Collection. Numerous articles have featured Gregory and his work including Metalsmith Magazine, Trend and Native Arts to name a few.
Gregory’s ancestors first arrived in Santa Fe around 1624 and he still calls it home with the love of his life and inspiration, Debra, and their four rescue cats, Sugar, Benicio del Gato (Lil Buddy), Wally and Penelope and a pup named Isobel.
Every piece you choose was created from the “Heart and Soul of Santa Fe”.