Larry “Bear” Upshaw
For Larry “Bear” Upshaw, the story of his journey to becoming a silversmith is reflective of his journey in life. It’s the story of the landscape around him, the stories of his people and the years spent herding sheep for his grandparents. These things have shaped him into a man willing to take on the challenges life sends his way.
Today he works to create not only pieces of beauty, but items that reflect the world as he sees it. He uses some of his grandmother’s weaving designs along with his visions of the landscape to create the jewelry he sells. The pieces are tangible representations of the long journey life has taken him on. Through his art, Bear is leaving his story for the world to remember, a story of strength and spirituality that the world today needs.