MEET THE MAKER
Horsethief is a handcrafted collection of silver goods that draws from the creator’s own lifestyle and experiences. Founded by Elizabeth Sanchez in 2015, each piece aims to honor the tradition and history of southwestern jewelry.
Elizabeth began making jewelry after taking a night class to learn the basics of metalwork. Within a year her newly developed metalsmith abilities turned into a second career. She has since grown her skills and knowledge through her time working at a Native American art gallery where she had the pleasure of learning metalworking techniques directly from visiting artists. Since leaving that position she has continued to learn through devoted research and the hard-earned lessons of trial and error.
Primarily using hand tools and employing traditional southwestern metalworking techniques, she aims to forge an old soul aesthetic in her work using silver and stone. Each and every piece is handcrafted by Elizabeth using authentic materials in her home studio located in Pittsburgh, PA.
In support of indigenous southwest artists Elizabeth sources the majority of her stamps and stones directly from Native American owned businesses. All jewelry is produced with sustainability in mind. All stones used are American mined. Each piece is crafted with a minimal amount of chemicals. The silver used is acquired from a company that recycles and mills precious metals. To reduce waste, all scrap is returned to that facility to be recycled.