Employing old Japanese joinery and inlay techniques, Ray Van Cleve constructs his sterling silver boxes without heat or solder. Through modification of a japanese metal inlay method, he carves a special groove in which to press the copper. The sides of the boxes are joined with miniature dovetails or folding. The top features a beautiful Agate and sits on top with a rectangular rail holding it in place.
For more than 30 years, Ray Van Cleve has been fabricating elegant, limited edition and one-of-a-kind sterling silver and high karat gold jewelry, as well as metal art objects. He personally hand cuts and forms all components of his work at his studio in Santa Fe, often incorporating semi-precious stones, such as turquoise, coral and lapis.
Ray was initially recognized for creating saucer, acorn, overlaid and melon-shaped beaded necklaces out of sheet silver. His work has expanded to include pendants, bracelets and small boxes.