David Gaussoin



     David Gaussoin, born in Santa Fe, New Mexico of Picuris Pueblo, Navajo, and French decent, stems from a long line of artists on his mother's side with various silversmiths, painters, rug weavers, sculptors, and wood workers.

David's primary teacher has been his mother, Connie Tsosie Gaussoin. She taught him the basics of jewelry and encouraged him to discover his own methods. He has expanded his knowledge of techniques with classes at the University of New Mexico, Pueblo V Design Institute, and the Institute of American Indian Arts. He received his BBA in Business Marketing from the Anderson School of Business at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. Additionally, David has traveled extensively throughout the European continent, from the Scandinavian Countries down to Italy, as well as the countries of Japan, Mexico, Israel, Mozambique, and South Africa.

David actively participates in various juried art shows throughout the country; including the Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ. His jewelry is in various permanent collections as well as many private collections throughout the world. He has taught at the Institute of American Indian Arts, the Poeh Arts Center, the Idyllwild School of Arts, the Santa Fe Community College, and the Heard Museum.

David works with gold, sterling silver, and various precious and semiprecious stones, as well as incorporating materials not necessarily associated with jewelry, such as steel and aluminum. He uses various techniques, from traditional Tufa casting and hand stamping to wax castings and lapidary, and he continually looks for new techniques and ideas. David focuses his work towards the perfection of craftsmanship and he pushes his designs to new unexplored realms of jewelry.