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© Molly J. Smith
HOSS ROGERS
Tempe

Jeweler Hoss Rogers discovered his passion for the art of jewelry-making while in middle school. Drawing on influences from a childhood spent in the Southwest — and blending that with silver, turquoise and found-object art — Rogers creates one-of-a-kind custom jewelry pieces that are both sculptural and functional.

How did you get started?
I've always done it, though I did take a bit of a break when I lived in New Mexico. I never stopped being creative. When my son was born, it was a way that I could work at home and still raise my kids. I wanted to do something that I really loved doing, and I didn't want to have to answer to a boss if I could help it.

What was your inspiration?
It goes back to growing up in the Southwest — all of the old Native American silver jewelry and the tin work of New Mexico artists and folk artists. [My style is] kind of "Southwest pop." I love Southwest images, and I like adding a bit of humor to my work.

Describe your work.
It's mostly custom work for my clients. I make everything from pendants and big silver cuff bracelets to a lot of rings, belt buckles and more. The pieces I like the best are the pieces where I'm given a lot of artistic license and freedom by the client.

— Molly J. Smith

Information: 480-650-7821 or www.hossrogers.com

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