Hopi Jewelry Maker
Piki Wadsworth is carrying on the tradition of the finest bead making that very few Native American artists or any other artists for that matter do. She was born into a family who has made beautiful beads from natural turquoise for about 35 years.
Piki was born April 25, 1980 to Cheryl Yestewa and Glenn Wadsworth. She has three brothers and five sisters who were all home schooled by their mother. Piki was born at 2nd Mesa on the Hopi reservation in Northern Arizona. Her mother is half Hopi and half Navajo.
Using only the highest grade turquoise and other stones, she hand carves and polishes the stones into beautiful necklaces, earrings and pendants. She was taught the art of bead making by her parents and when she was younger, she would drill the beads for them. Just recently, she has decided to start working with the stones again with her mother’s help. She and her mother use only the best natural turquoise from mines such as Sleeping Beauty and Castle Dome.
Piki is married and has 2 children, Savannah Rose and Autumn Rain.
“I am very proud and it is very important to me that I carry on the tradition of bead making. Since I was girl little I have loved stones. Now that I am older working with stones, taking each piece of raw rough Turquoise and making in to a beautiful piece of jewelry to wear and to cherish bring such a good feeling to my heart. I love it more and more each day and I feel very fortunate to have learned such a beautiful art.” Piki