Navajo silversmith and artist Roland Dixson produces traditional sterling silver pieces with excellent casting and stampwork.
Roland Dixson Naja Pendant
Characteristics of his style include scalloped edges with deeply domed centers.
Roland Dixson belt buckle with scalloped edges
The stamping is deep, intricate and not repetitive from piece to piece. He also incorporates repousse as evidenced in the photo showing the back of the buckle.
Roland Dixson buckle back showing evidence of repousse
Repousse is a technique whereby metal is hammered into relief from the reverse side.
From the pieces that have come through our store, it appears that Roland Dixson uses only natural, untreated turquoise. Here is his hallmark.
Roland Dixson hallmark
I don’t know much about this artist so if anyone has any biographical information, I’d love to hear it.
Recently Roland wrote me and here is what he said:
“Hello this is Roland Dixson, I make different piece from conch belts, to rings pendants, buckles and bracelets…I also can be contacted @ Dick Elkins Trading in Thoreou, NM. (505) 862-7000. , I’m thankful you got a good eye for my work I enjoy what I do, I have many mentors just to name a few the late Kirk Smith, Tommy Singer, Thomas Curtis and Tommy Billie. All well known silver Smiths. They also shared some of their skills with me. Thank you. Roland Dixson”
Here are some more of the pieces he is currently working on.