Gilbert Pat – First Nations Jeweller

A member of the coast Salish band, Chawathl, Gilbert Pat is an extremely gifted and self taught First Nation’s jeweller from British Columbia who has been carving beautiful works in gold, silver and copper for the past 30 years. Pat studied Kwakiutl design, guided by many designers of his wife’s family and was shown how to use the tools of the trade by Lloyd Wadhams, a Kwakwaka‘wakw artist.  Pat has since passed on his knowledge to his two sons, Jeff and Jason who are also silversmiths.

The Orca pin pictured here illustrates Pat’s unique and exacting style, and intricate workmanship.  Today, Pat’s work can be found all over Europe and the Far East.

This pin and other similar pieces can be found at the Campbell River Museum Shop.  Open Daily 10am -5pm during the summer months, and from Tuesday to Sunday, Oct 1 – May 17, 12 – 5pm. 250-287-3103


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