About the Founder
Cody Sanderson was born in Gallup, New
Mexico, USA in 1964 and was raised in Window Rock, Arizona – the seat of
government and capital of the Navajo Nation. Cody had a less than glamorous
upbringing as many other natives living on the confines of a reservation do,
but this hardscrabble life helped to develop the determination, perseverance
and hard-working ambition that has attributed to Cody’s success where others
have failed. Cody has gained world renowned recognition for his pieces due to
his daring creativity and unique, distinctive style.
Cody’s use of stars is ubiquitous in almost
all of his designs. Stars are recognized in every country and continent and
appears on countless flags. They symbolize the heavens, brightness and good
fortune. Cody wants his brand and his pieces to convey and invoke the same
positive energy to everyone who wears his jewelry or his apparel. When
describing his brand with one adjective – FUN is the first thing that comes to
mind! Cody wants everyone, young and old, male or female to enjoy his
adornments and the craftsmanship, imagination and enthusiasm he brings to each
and every work of art!
Cody’s slogan is – Wear it Now! Wear it Well!
Wear it Out!
Achievements Of Sanderson’s Silver Craft
Utilizing the fast-disappearing technique of hand-forging
and integrating them with CAD and 3D printing, Cody is combining traditional
methods with modern technology and bringing his designs to the 21st century!
His simple ring design, for example, is shaped into a “square-circle” with an
inverted V appearance. It speaks of volumes of Sanderson’s insight into the
skeletal system and attempt to make the ring more comfortable for wearing.
Regardless of how
“aggressive” a piece may look, Cody spends hours cutting, bending, shaping and
refining the piece to ensure prolonged wear-ability without causing any
discomfort to the wearer or admirer. Since the brand’s inception in 2001, Cody
has won numerous awards for his work including the 2005 SWAIA (Southwestern
Association for Indian Arts) Fellowship Award and the 2008 “Best of Show” Award
at the Heard Museum in Phoenix.
Transformation From Scrap Ingot To Stunning
Work Of Art!
Melting - Annealing - Quenching - Rolling - Grinding - Annealing (2nd time) - Bending - Shaping - Texturing - Annealing (3rd time) - Stamping - Repousse
Stamping - Repairing - Soldering - Annealing
(4th time) - Quenching - Finish
Grind - Hand Hammered Shaping - Annealing (5th time) - Quenching - Anticlastic
Shaping - Fitting - Oxidation - Polishing - Finished
Ever since 1999, each of Cody’s handmade
pieces from his bracelets to rings to earrings and more have been made using
ancient and traditional time consuming methods. Due to these complicated steps
and difficult processes to achieve the “Artistic Value” he was looking for,
he would only produce a few pieces at a time. Cody’s attention to detail makes
all of his pieces worthy of the title “World Class”!!!