Born in Hoopa, California and raised in the Weitchpec Village -Yurok Indian Reservation and Bishop Paiute Reservation
Pauline now lives in Weaverville, California. Her love for beading and creating jewelry with traditional materials has always been a part of her life. Watching her parents Michael and Alta Rogers create wonderful pieces of jewelry and crafts all of her life has always inspired her to create.
In her early teens she began working with abalone and started creating traditional pieces. In working with the abalone, she created a more contemporary design. Today, she creates both traditional and contemporary pieces of abalone earrings, pendants, and necklaces. Many pieces also incorporate beaded designs, one in particular is the spider web necklace, taught to her by her mother. She also goes out and gathers the pine nut from the gray pine tree used to design her pine nut necklaces, earrings, and incorporates them into her bracelets and chokers.
The pine nut is found at certain elevations in the inland mountains. She grinds them down both ends flat, drills holes on both ends, the meat is removed, and brushed cleaned.
The abalone and pine nut gain individual beauty in the making process. Then as they are worn, it gains a beautiful uniqueness by the body heat and oils which enhance and illuminate their natural colors by polishing the abalone and pine nuts naturally.
Inspired by her father's creations in silver, she creates her own silver jewelry.
She has traveled throughout California and the Southwest to sell her jewelry. She currently sells to museums and galleries throughout California.
Jewelry and Crafts are a way of life for her and a wonderful representation of tradition and culture.
Where To Find Me
You can find my pieces in museums and galleries throughout California.
Yosemite Valley National Park, CA
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