Haida artist Wayne Wilson was born in Skidegate, Haida Gwaii on December 12, 1949.  When he was young, Wilson apprenticed with Haida artist and teacher Gordon Cross.  Wilson credits Cross for influencing his designs and mentoring him through his development as a metal worker.  Since the early 1980’s, Wilson has challenged himself as a jeweler, transcending the norm by implementing skillful techniques unrealized by most coastal jewelers.  Working with silver and gold, his pieces are cut-out, overlaid, oxidized and inset with stones, shell and abalone.  He pays particular attention to fine lines and subtle detail, a skill that he has also passed on to his students including his godson Dion Williams, whose work we also have in our collection.  Wilson’s expressive pieces are full of life, and one of a kind.

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