Masters of Silver: An Exhibition of Fine Design
By Marie Moébius
It is a now a tradition: every year, YAM Gallery organizes an exhibition of silver jewelry celebrating talented craftsmen and women. “Master of Silver” aims to showcase one of Mexico’s areas of excellence: silver design created by artists in the 20th and the 21st centuries.
Maestros de la plata/Masters of Silver
Fri, Dec 18, 7pm
Ancha de San Antonio 21
William Spratling was an American-born silver designer who established a silversmith studio in the town of Taxco, Guerrero, back in the 1930s. He was one of the first to develop and bring new ideas to traditional silver design in Mexico and taught talented maestros. He died in the 1960s, leaving an important legacy: his workpieces are now collected by the Museum Franz Meyer in Mexico City. Antonio Pineda was part of Spratling’s team and later became a renowned designer himself. It is the first time Mr. Pineda’s work will be shown in San Miguel de Allende.
Contemporary silver creation is a vivid art in Mexico, and Violante Ulrich is one of its most important representatives. In 2013 she received the first prize in silversmith from the Museum Franz Meyer Biennale of Silver.
Young artists particularly appreciate working in silver, both for the historical traditions associated with the craft and also for the innovative opportunities. San Miguel de Allende-based silver jewelry school Sterling Quest, headed by master Billy King, attracts students from all over Mexico and beyond. Three talented young designers, Odette Moreno, Frédérique Mercure, and Harriet Morris, former students at Sterling Quest School, show in their innovative jewelry their idea of a contemporary woman. San Miguel-based silver artists Alberto Lenz, Paul Rodriguez, and Juan Ordoñez will present their latest creations, as well as Annabel Humber, Alfredo Villasana, Ángel Ortiz, and Miguel Mejía Cano. The show opens Friday, December 18. The exhibition will be up until February 2016 at YAM Gallery.