Howard Sice was born on May 25, 1948 in Winslow, Arizona, of a Hopi mother and Laguna father. He was raised on the Laguna pueblo in the Village of Paraje. He spent many seasons with his aunts in Walapi, Kykosmovi, and Polacca villages on the Hopi reservation.
The Laguna and Hopi culture are both strongly emphasized in his jewelry design. He beautifully engraves his pieces with traditional Southwest and Pueblo imagery. Howard recently began to use Precious Metal Clay which allows him to carve the design into the clay and then fire it, leaving the beautiful design on the silver or gold.
In 1972, Howard began teaching himself the trade of traditional style of silversmithing. In 1985, he added engraving to his repertoire. Today, Howard expresses his creativity through use of exotic and rare earth metals, silver, gold and stone work. He uses traditional Southwest and Pueblo imagery in his contemporary designs. Howard is recognized for his fine, engraved designs, which have won him many prestigious awards. He won First Place at the Heard Museum in Phoenix and Best of the Show at the Northern Arizona Museum Hopi Show.
He reproduces the designs of ancient pottery or petroglyphs on his earrings and pendants. His unique pins are designed from ancient pottery chards that he has found. He takes the pottery chard and reproduces the size, shape and design by engraving it on the silver. These beautiful pins are then accented with a piece of turquoise.