Perry Null Trading:

How old were you when you began making jewelry?

Herman Smith:

I started when I was 15 years old, now I am in my forties.

Perry Null Trading:

Did you have any teachers, or are you self taught?

Herman Smith:

My mother Mary C. Yazzie taught me. I have three sisters and four brothers, she taught all of us how to make jewelry. Only one of us does not work with silver for a living.

Perry Null Trading:

Do your brother and sisters make the same style as you?

Herman Smith:

I am the only one to do my own style. They work for jewelry houses doing piece work.

Perry Null Trading:

You come from a good size family, what size is your own family?

Herman Smith:

I have 2 boys and five girls, the oldest is 21 the youngest is 3. My wife and I have been together for the last 22 years.

Perry Null Trading:

Your mother worked with silver, what did your father do?

Herman Smith:

He was the Pastor at Inscription House where I grew up in the church.

Perry Null Trading:

Do you still go to church?

Herman Smith:

Every Sunday, we drive 70 miles to go to our church in Ganado. It is a good church and has a nice size membership.

Perry Null Trading:

What are the different techniques you will use when making jewelry?

Herman Smith:

I will use plate and sometimes cast my pieces. I always use a heavy silver with my work.

Perry Null Trading:

Now to your favorite subject, Hunting. Been on any good hunts this year?

Herman Smith:

Just the usual, bow and rifle for Elk and Deer on the Reservation. I did do a coyote calling contest, me and Calvin Martinez got one.

Perry Null Trading:

Will you be making jewelry for the next 27 years?

Herman Smith:

I hope so.



Available art from: Smith, Herman