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A member of the Bear Clan, Donnie Supplee was born in Ganado, Arizona and grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona near the Hopi reservation. The son of two teachers, he was encouraged to pursue his dreams. Observing the jewelry making of his older brother Charles Supplee, an acclaimed silversmith, Donnie became fascinated by the intricate creative process.
Utilizing metal fabrication, inlaying, and the ancient method of tufa (volcanic rock) casting, the budding artist quickly began to develop his own style. An exceptional craftsman with a natural eye for design, Donnie creates exquisite jewelry in both silver and gold, enhanced by diamonds and other precious stones as well as traditional turquoise. “I credit my love of nature and appreciation of the Hopi culture as primary sources of inspiration,” he says.