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Claudia Peina, Zuni Artist

Approximately fifteen years ago, Claudia Peina learned how to carve bears from her late brother, Colvin Peina. Her talents were obvious.  It was a matter of continuing to develop her skills over the years and experimenting with different materials that has led her to be recognized as a foremost Zuni carver.

turquoise maidens with coral inlay Claudia hand carving turquoise maiden Claudia sifting through rough brought to her by trader

mother-of-pearl corn maiden pendant angelite carved corn maiden pendant with turquoise, mother-of-pearl, and jet Surroundings of the Corn Maidens sculpture, antler, gift from Claudia to Donna (mirror reflection)