Melanie Kirk-Lente   - Isleta

Michael Lente   - Isleta

 

Melanie Kirk-Lente and her husband, Michael Lente carry on a contemporary fine jewelry design philosophy established by Melanie’s late father, Isleta Pueblo artist Andy Lee Kirk. He is considered one of the fathers of the genre, the person for whom the SWIAA Indian Market awards committee created the Contemporary jewelry category for in the late 1970’s.The couple have carried Kirk’s vision forward and evolved styles of their own. They both studied with him and are graduates of GIA as well.

 

The Lentes live at Isleta with their three daughters and participate in all pueblo ceremonials. This experience is reflected in every work of art they create. “Our jewelry represents a way of life, says Kirk-Lente. “It is a