Michelle Tapia

“My designs are all from my heart and my culture. My love of animals and anything of beauty influence me most.” - Michelle Tapia

Michelle Tapia was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Although she never received formal art or jewelry training, she has been creative since childhood. This natural inclination made her a quick study as she learned silver and goldsmithing, lapidary, and the art of scrimshaw from renowned Alaska Native jewelry-makers, Denise and Samuel Wallace. 

Michelle’s heritage includes her paternal great-grandfather, a full-blood Comanche from Picuris Pueblo, and her maternal great-grandfather, of Santo Domingo Pueblo. Along with her Spanish-Catholic upbringing and her Tibetan Buddhist philosophies, these multicultural influences, combined with nature and animals, inspire her. Working from her home studio in Santa Fe, Michelle carves each of her pieces by hand from fossilized walrus tusk, some dating back 20,000 years. She fabricates all her own metalwork, setting every hand-inked design in fine metals.

Tapia has won numerous awards, including Best of Show, 6 Best of Fine Jewelry, 2 Best of Fine Crafts (3-dimensional), and Best of Collaboration Fine Art at Santa Fe’s Contemporary Spanish Market. 

Michelle Tapia

Michelle Tapia

Print Artist Bio

“My designs are all from my heart and my culture. My love of animals and anything of beauty influence me most.” - Michelle Tapia

Michelle Tapia was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Although she never received formal art or jewelry training, she has been creative since childhood. This natural inclination made her a quick study as she learned silver and goldsmithing, lapidary, and the art of scrimshaw from renowned Alaska Native jewelry-makers, Denise and Samuel Wallace. 

Michelle’s heritage includes her paternal great-grandfather, a full-blood Comanche from Picuris Pueblo, and her maternal great-grandfather, of Santo Domingo Pueblo. Along with her Spanish-Catholic upbringing and her Tibetan Buddhist philosophies, these multicultural influences, combined with nature and animals, inspire her. Working from her home studio in Santa Fe, Michelle carves each of her pieces by hand from fossilized walrus tusk, some dating back 20,000 years. She fabricates all her own metalwork, setting every hand-inked design in fine metals.

Tapia has won numerous awards, including Best of Show, 6 Best of Fine Jewelry, 2 Best of Fine Crafts (3-dimensional), and Best of Collaboration Fine Art at Santa Fe’s Contemporary Spanish Market. 


Michelle Tapia

Cat With Green Eyes Pendant

$ 145.00

Michelle Tapia

Cat With Blue Eyes Pendant

$ 145.00

Michelle Tapia

La Muerta Bonita Flower Ring

$ 450.00

Michelle Tapia

Baby Owl Pendant

$ 450.00

Michelle Tapia

Baby Owl Pendant - Stripe Wing

$ 450.00

Michelle Tapia

La Muerta Bonita Ring

$ 675.00

Michelle Tapia

La Muerta Bonita Pendant

$ 675.00

Michelle Tapia

White and Black Kitten Pendant

$ 100.00

Michelle Tapia

Kitten Post Earrings

$ 200.00

Michelle Tapia

Kitten with Butterflies Ring

$ 350.00

Michelle Tapia

Kitten Pendant

$ 100.00

Michelle Tapia

Small Owl Pendant

$ 550.00

Michelle Tapia

Bunny Ring

$ 500.00

Michelle Tapia

Sleeping Cat Circle Earrings

$ 700.00

Michelle Tapia

Cat With Blue Eyes Pendant

$ 135.00

Michelle Tapia

Dog Zia Cross Pendant

$ 385.00

Michelle Tapia

El Muerto Guapo Tie Tack

$ 225.00

Michelle Tapia

HOPE Flower Ring

$ 250.00