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, financial planner, and sales manager, 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.
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. The year 2015 was big, as it was the start of Gregory's work being featured in Robert Redford's Sundance Catalog.
Author, Collector and Dealer of Native American Art, Martha Struever, invited Gregory to be the only Hispanic Artist during
her 2011 Summer Native American Artist Tour. Gregory, and the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art in Santa Fe, hosted a lecture
on the influences and history of Spanish Silversmithing for twenty plus collectors from around the world.
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, Penelope and Murphy, their cat-herding border collie mix.
you choose was created from the “Heart and Soul of Santa Fe”.
browsing Santa Fe Silverworks.com and you can also shop at my Etsy site and check out my artist website at gregorysegura.com