Frank Otero (Red Hawk Bobb) was born in Lancaster, OH and moved to southern Florida at the age of five. As a young man he joined the Navy and served as a Seabee. After the service, Frank learned the carpentry trade and worked as a master carpenter for many years on projects across the south for the Choctaw Company. During the winter months when there was no construction work, Frank worked as a chef and credits cooking as his outlet for artistry over the years.
Frank started working with jewelry in1976, and after several years, branched off into wire work, knife making and carved wood. He moved to Kentucky from Ohio in 1999 when hearing loss prevented him from working in construction. He studied blacksmithing with Jeff Farmer in Berea before going to the Kentucky School of Craft in Hindman, KY, where he studied jewelry and metals with Douglass Harling. He will complete his associate degree in Jewelry metals and fine arts at the end of 2010.
Frank is an enrolled member of the Piqua Shawnee Tribe of Native Americans and now lives in Tyner, KY. He was accepted as a student in the American Society of Goldsmiths in 2006 and works occasionally at the Jewel Box in Berea, KY. He signs his sterling silver work with the initials RB, which stands for ‘Red Hawk Bobb.’
Works by Frank “Red Hawk” Otero can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.