TERRENCE CAMPBELL

Tahltan artist Terrence Campbell was born on October 11, 1956 in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Campbell’s family originates from Telegraph Creek, and is Wolf Clan.

 

Campbell began his career in 1971, working under masters Dempsey Boy and his sister Dale Campbell. In 1982, Campbell, his sister and Alvin Adkins carved a 30 foot totem pole which was raised adjacent to the Museum of Northern BC, in Prince Rupert.

 

In 1991, Terrence and Dale Campbell carved a totem pole for “Festival Canada,” and this was the first totem pole to be raised in Hong Kong.

 

Campbell has been carving jewellery since 1980, though it was a trip to Phoenix, Arizona in 2000 to participate in the Canadian Culture Show that inspired him to learn more about techniques utilized by Southwestern jewelers. Campbell learned the art of Tufa casting under Navajo Jeweler, Rick Charlie, and moved to Ganado, Arizona in 2003. Tufa casting is an interesting process that involves carving a design into tufa stone, which is a soft, volcanic stone. After the design is carbonized, or covered in a layer of ash, both sides of the mold are fit together before the liquefied silver is poured inside to harden and form.

 

In addition to being an accomplished artist and jeweler, Campbell also has his own clothing line. His Tahltan name is “Eth-Cath-Kee” which means “Teacher of the Children.”

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