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Penny Morrill on Mexican Silver Designers

Mexican Silver Designers Imagine Their Future with Roots in the Past

By United States

November 16, 2017

These days, young silver artists in Mexico are not producing endless interpretations (and copies) of the great designs from the 40s and 50s. They have given themselves the ultimate challenge—to develop exciting new ideas while maintaining the silver techniques that were the great innovations of the maestros—innovations that should not disappear. The new designers must then find a market for their work—another challenge that requires 21st century savvy.

Penny Morrill, Ph.D., is a leading scholar on the history of modern Mexican silver. She has interviewed designers and master silversmiths and gathered original research materials.

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Photo courtesy of Craft in America

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