Trent Lee Anderson is a fourth generation Navajo silversmith from Gallup, New Mexico, and comes from a well renowned family of jewelers. The son of Allison “Snowhawk” Lee, twin brother to Kyle Lee-Anderson, and younger brother to Wyatt Lee-Anderson, Trent learned to make jewelry by watching his father when he was just 12 years old.
He first learned to make bench beads and the process of fabrication: soldering, brazing, identifying appropriate temperatures, and exacting measurements. He made his first squash blossom necklace in 2006 using tufa and sand casting, and this piece earned him an Honorable Mention at the SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market youth category.
His success has only accelerated from there: he’s gone on to win multiple 1st Place Ribbons at the SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market, as well as additional awards at Prescott Indian Art Market and Heard Museum