I first met Zuni jewelry artist Colin Coonsis, now age 28, on a social level, but I admit that I am just now getting to know him. Professionally, what I do know about him is that he comes from a well known Zuni jewelry-making family and his work is both gorgeous and affordable—two adjectives that frequently don’t go hand in hand when talking about contemporary Native American jewelry.
The more I learn about Colin, whose work now resides in the Heard Museum’s permanent collection and sells in major galleries throughout the Southwest, the more I realize that this young, hip urbanite artist is really an old soul. He has, perhaps, even more respect for the past and where he comes from than for the present and where he is headed. I should also mention that Colin Coonsis will be BIG, especially if last weekend's Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market sales are any indication. Colin sold every piece that he brought to market this year!