Award-winning Precious Metals Artist and Santa Fe Native Gregory P. Segura started perfecting his silversmithing skills in the 1990s. He served in the U.S. Air Force, worked as a hotel manager, financial planner, and sales manager. He felt drawn, however, to new, more creative career path. In, 2008 Gregory picked up his hammer, lit his torch and never looked back.
Although he attended a metalworking class in the 1980s, Gregory’s expertise with silver is largely self-taught. “Working with silver just comes naturally to me,” he admits. “Sculpting, painting, and carving do not come to me with the ease and understanding. I feel in working with silver and stones. I guess you could say I was born with a silver spoon (I made) in my mouth.”
Gregory’s work reflects his Spanish and Native American heritage. For each of his original designs, he draws on the legacy of New Mexico’s master silversmiths as well as rich culture and natural beauty of the region. His work encompasses a wide range of diverse designs, from traditional to contemporary. No two pieces are identical.
Gregory crafts his pieces by hand from the heaviest gauge sterling silver possible for that piece. Since launching Santa Fe Silverworks in 2008, he has attracted a loyal following for because of his quality, detail, and the inherent beauty of his materials. In 2010, he received the E. Boyd Memorial Award for Originality and Expressive Design at Santa Fe’s annual Traditional Spanish Market. That same piece, Corazón de Santa Fe, also won in the market’s precious metals category. That year, 2010, was his debut year juried into the market. In 2013, at Gregory’s forth Traditional Spanish Market, he was awarded the First Place Blue Ribbon in Precious Metals for his 75ct Ruby Sacred Heart Rosary.
Following in the footsteps of ancestors, who arrived here around 1624, Gregory still calls Santa Fe home along with with his love and inspiration Debra, three cats: Sugar, Benicio del Gato (Lil Buddy) and Wally, and Murphy the dog.