Handcrafted in New Mexico takes on a whole different meaning when you are a traditional Spanish Colonial artist. When the Spanish arrived in what is now New Mexico nearly 400 years ago, they brought many silversmiths with them. They used fine metalworking techniques handed down from the Moors, creating pieces for the missions that would be built. These pieces were mostly inspired by faith such as frames for retablos or a nicho to house a bulto.
By the turn of the century, the modernization of the west made many of these items obsolete. Fearful that tinwork would die out with the last generation of craftsmen, a band of artists set out to preserve and document tinwork art.
Jason’s great, great grandfather, Francisco Delgado was one of those artists and he began to produce work of his own in Santa Fe. That band of artists became what we know today as the Spanish Colonial Art Society and they continue to support and revive traditional New Mexican arts through the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art in Santa Fe.
Jason creates exquisite pieces using exacting Spanish Colonial artistic traditions. When I hold one of Jason’s gorgeous mirrors in my hand, I can’t help but think of my mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and my family who came before them from Spain, to settle in Taos. Traditions in New Mexico are not taken for granted, it is important to always remember who we are.
If you purchase an item from Jason, gift it to a woman you cherish, these are traditional pieces meant to be passed down. As a fifth-generation tinwork artist, Jason is honoring his family’s rich New Mexico heritage with each piece he creates. Handcrafted in New Mexico? Indeed.
If you are someone who is interested in learning these techniques, how lucky are you, Jason offers an Introduction to Tinwork on CD, perfect while you are self-isolating.
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