Lawrence Baca is a multi-talented, award winning jewelry designer, born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His design inspiration is defined by the strong Hispanic and Native American cultural influences. The common theme in all his work is a combination of Spanish Colonial Ecclesiastical with roots in the earliest phase of Native American old Pawn.
Baca’s use of materials range from sterling silver to 24 karat gold. He also uses a wide variety of gems and stones to create one of a kind designs. There is no work like Lawrence Baca’s – the rugged splendor is pure joy, palpable. You simply feel lighter and happier in its presence. Collectors worldwide return to Santa Fe for his new works and people who see it for the first time are mesmerized by the depths of his heartfelt style.
His designs fuse old pawn, traditional Spanish Colonial and Southwestern motifs, sprinkling stones like garnets and moonstones into the mix. His inspirations spring from what he sees around him: fence posts, leaves, sandstone, crooked adobe buildings.
He works from an 1,100-square-foot Santa Fe studio that was once home to a single woman who raised eight children. Santos hang on nearly every wall. Baca insists he is no longer Catholic, although he was raised in the faith. His work functions as a kind of ethereal sanctuary.
“I’m very spiritual,” he said. “I use the cross as a symbol. I do a lot of dragonfly crosses, as well.”It all started when he was 29 years old and working as a jewelry salesman.
“I had never done art in my life,” he said. “I loved the process of making it. I loved the fact that there are so many techniques. And it makes people happy.”
His collection of tools includes several old Navajo stamps. He adds arrowhead and scallop shapes to frame his pieces. He also creates his own stamps. “Making your own is ideal,” he added, “because no one else has it.”