Debbie Jo Baxter | Carlsbad Banger

Artist: Debbie Jo Baxter, New Mexico
Materials: sterling silver, white plume agate
Size: 9 3/4

Artist Statement: Take a trip to the Carlsbad Caverns with the banger of a ring. The white plume agate perfectly mimics the stalagmites and stalactites of the caves. This particular cave is located in the southeastern part of New Mexico and is known for Brazilian free-tailed bats that emerge from Cavern each evening in search of food during the summer months. This ring features a sterling silver cast bat that is taking flight out of the cave. This ring also features a hand formed thick band (size 9) with a hammered texture and rope detail and stamped words "Carlsbad Caverns". It has an oxidized matte finish on the metal and a high shine polish for the agate that features matte inclusions.

Artist Bio: Hi Friends, I’m Debbie Jo Baxter also known as D.J... I am a New Mexico native, growing up in Albuquerque and currently reside in the beautiful city of Las Cruces. I received my BFA in 2019 from New Mexico State University with a focus in ceramics and quickly found a passion for silversmithing during my time in school.

This ring was part of Battle of the Rings: Ring Smackdown 2023, an online exhibition and competition. View the entire collection HERE, view the matches HERE, and learn more HERE.