artist GARY CUSTER

Gary S. Custer is a Navajo (Dine’) silversmith who uses tufa cast silver to express his artistic abilities. He was born in Ft. Defiance, Az and raised on the Navajo Nation.

His clanships includes:
Todich’iilnii (Bitter Water Clan)
Naneesht’eshi Tachii’nii (Charcoal-streaked Division of the red running into the water)
Tsi’naajinii (Black-Steaked-wood) people are his maternal Grandfathers.
Dziltl’ahnii (Mountain Cove) are his paternal Grandfather’s.

Gary’s parents are longtime silversmiths and have a well-known background in traditional Navajo sandcast jewelry. He is self-taught through exposure to this family and hard work and practice.

Custer has received many awards and his pieces can be found in many fine galleries and museums across the North and Southwestern United States and Europe.

The metal Gary Custer uses is sterling silver, which is 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% alloy. With every purchase, you are helping support this silversmith of the Southwest.

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