J542 Sunshine Reeves
Sterling silver box by Sunshine Reeves with a concho pattern on top. The center of the concho is set with a large Turquoise Mountain cabochon, surrounded by 12 smaller matched Turquoise Mt. stones. All four corners have appliqué silverwork. The box is 4” x 4.5” and 1.5” tall.
About the artist
Daniel “Sunshine” Reeves was born in 1966 into a family of silversmiths. His older brothers, Gary and David (both deceased) taught him the art of working in silver, with which he has gone on to become one of the most distinguished silversmiths in the country. He has been an active, professional Navajo silversmith since 1986. He is also the half-brother of Andy and Darrell Cadman. Sunshine is known for his distinctive stamp work. He uses an average of 10-20 handmade stamps to complete a pattern. His intricate stamp work and creative designs make his work a favorite of collectors.
Reeves’ pieces begin with flat sheets of silver, which are then deeply hand-stamped and shaped to form intricately decorated bracelets, boxes, and even kerosene lanterns. Though the process is time-consuming and labor intensive, (each individual mark on a piece represents a separate hammer blow) the finished products are beautiful and entirely unique art objects.
Sunshine is well recognized as a master in his field. His work has been displayed at the Peabody Museum, Harvard University, and the Heard Museum. Reeves also took the Best of Show award at the Inter-tribal Indian Ceremonial and is the only silversmith to win Best of Show at the famed Santa Fe Indian Market.
The nickname, “Sunshine” was given by family members when he was young, because of his light colored hair.