Tom Taylor features artists from the southwest area exclusively. We welcome you to acquaint yourself with the craftsmen and women whose handcrafted excellence embodies the spirit of our store.
B. G. Mudd
The beauty and spirit of the Southwest have inspired the tradition of B. G. Mudd fine jewelry for over 25 years. Each piece of jewelry is uniquely designed and meticulously crafted by Native American artisans. Each piece is guaranteed for the life of the product.
A native Santa Fean, cowboy, artist and silversmith, Walt creates his designs from his studio, located at the Saddleback Ranch that he manages, in the beautiful Galisteo Basin just south of Santa Fe. Walt's distinctive designs are influenced by the Native American and Spanish cultures of New Mexico as well as his extensive study and travel in Europe. Each piece is individually designed and completely hand fabricated.
Gabriel Good Buffalo
Celebrated bead worker Gabriel Good Buffalo lives and works in Santa Fe. He has been doing hand-woven beadwork for over 39 years. Gabriel receives his inspiration and guidance from elements of mother earth and the cycles of life. A master craftsmen, he uses non-traditional colors with traditional elements to create unique wearable works of art.
After a rough start in life, Matt Hackett became a self taught silversmith in the 1980's. His first belt buckle was made for a Texas Ranger and bore the legendary Texas star. Hand fabricated in sterling silver and 14k gold, Matt's distinctive engraving style has a vintage feel. His styles offer a slightly different twist on the traditional ranger shape, with wider keepers and unique buckle shapes.
A New Mexico resident for over 50 years, James Harris began metalworking in 1971 as a jewelry student and includes both welding and sculpting skills in his repertoire. Known for clean almost architectural designs, his buckles are completely hand fabricated, so each piece is truly one of a kind. All the lines are hand chased, a painstaking process in which the lines are literally chiseled into the silver or 14k gold.
Traditional western silversmiths since the 1920's, Sunset Trails has been keeping the styles of the old west alive for the movies and the public ever since. A family company, Sunset Trails is known for their hand-wrought, hand-engraved workmanship in sterling and gold. The newest generation continues to be committed to keeping the cowboy tradition alive, and well.
Randall Moore has been making jewelry in northern New Mexico for going on 35 years. Randall’s pieces incorporate traditional southwestern motifs but retain a modern sophistication. He works mainly in precious metals.
Paquate, New Mexico silversmith and jewelry maker Chris Pruitt started out as a Le Cordon Bleu trained chef. Today, Chris is following in the footsteps of his older brother, jewelry maker Pat Pruitt, and famed silversmith and family friend Charlie Bird, focusing exclusivley on jewelry making. His designs represent a contempary style of silversmithing with influences from his dual apache and pueblo heritage. Chris won first place in the jewelry classification at the 2011 Santa Fe Indian Market.
A New Mexico resident from the Laguna Pueblo, Pat began making jewelry 20 years ago. He studied mechanical engineering at SMU and went on to apprentice as a machinist. His engineering and machine shop backgroung led Pat to begin creating designs in new and bold materials including stainless steel, titanium and carbon fiber. His designs mix traditional native undertones with a contemporary cutting edge. Pat's buckles took first place in both 2009 and 2010 Indian Markets and the innovation award in 2011.
Former horse trainer, leather carver and artist, Jean Taylor began designing cast silver and gold buckles designs for Tom Taylor's engraved buckles and saddle pieces. Over 20 years ago she began translating those skills into cast silver ranger and trophy style buckles. Jean's substantial but balanced designs combine traditional southwestern style with a contemporary look.