Wiener, Ed – Jewelry Designer/Maker

Ed Wiener (1918 to 1991)

Inspired by the work of Sam Kramer and Frank Rebajes, Ed Wiener became a studio jeweler in the 1940s, with establishments in Provincetown, Cape Cod and New York City. Progressing from two dimensional pieces inspired by Picasso, to three dimensional work in the manner of Calder, Wiener’s aesthetic and technical abilities continued to evolve.

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Summers, Carol – American Artist & Printmaker

Carol Summers (Born 1925)

Carol Summers is a master modernist print maker known for his dreamy landscapes and graphic still life images. He was originally trained as a painter in the mid 20th century, but he became interested in woodcuts during the 1950′s and that has been the largest part of his work since. His work is held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Corcoran Gallery, among others.

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Spratling, William – Mexican Silver – Artist & Jewelery Maker

William Spratling, Father of Mexican Silver (1900-1967)

William Spratling was born in 1900 in Sonyea, New York. After the death of both Spratling’s mother and sister, Wilhelmina, in 1910, Spratling’s father moved temporarily to his father’s Alabama home (known as Roamer’s Roost) with sons William and David as well as older daughter, Lucile. At that time, the three Spratling children became wards of their grandfather. By the end of 1912, the family had moved [...] Click here to continue reading.

Rickey, George Warren – American Sculptor – Modern

George Warren Rickey (1907 to 2002)

George Rickey was born in South Bend, Indiana, and as a child moved to Scotland with his family. He returned to America in 1930, where he taught at The Groton School in Massachusetts and at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. After studying engineering while serving in the Army, Rickey began to work in sculpture.

Like Alexander Calder, Rickey created kinetic sculpture; movable works of art. Rickey’s graceful structures [...] Click here to continue reading.

Nilsson, Karl Edwin Wiwen – Swedish Jeweler

Karl Edwin Wiwen Nilsson (1894-1974)

Karl Nilsson was the son of the Court Jeweler to the King of Sweden. He won the Gold Medal at the 1925 Paris Exposition des Arts Decoratifs, worked for Georg Jensen from 1925 to 1926, opened his own shop in Stockholm in 1927, and was later appointed the Court Jeweler. Renowned for his austere work with Brazilian-cut rock crystals, aquamarines and citrines set into stepped silver or gold mounts, [...] Click here to continue reading.

Munger, Asa – American clockmaker & jeweler – New York

Asa Munger, Clockmaker

A jeweler and entrepreneur in Auburn, New York, Munger was well known for his eight day clocks, circa 1830. Unlike many clockmakers of his period, Munger is known to have produced both the works and the cases for many of his clocks.

One of Munger’s rare “stovepipe” eight-day clocks sold for $52,500 at the 1 June 2000 auction of the Peter Zaharis clock collection by Cottone’s in Mt. Morris, New York. [...] Click here to continue reading.

Melillo, Giacinto Melillo – Italian Jeweler

Giacinto Melillo (1845 to 1915)

At the age of seventeen, Giacinto Melillo was appointed by Allessandro Castellani to manage the Castellani work shop in Naples at 54/55 Piazza dei Martiri. This was testament to the early development of Melillo’s talent, given that he had completed only half of his apprenticeship at the time. Melillo took over the workshop as his own in 1870, continuing to produce jewelry in the “Archaeological Style” as inspired by [...] Click here to continue reading.

Macdonald, Everett – American Jeweler

Everett Macdonald (1924 to 1991)

Everett Macdonald was a self-taught jeweler from Southern California who worked in a sculptural style. A pioneer in unusual materials, he introduced the use of nylon thread in modern jewelry. For the most part, his pieces were one-of-a-kind, with occasional limited editions of no more than six.

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Macchiarini, Peter – American Jeweler & Sculptor

Peter Macchiarini (1907 to 2001)

Macchiarini trained in Europe as a sculptor in the 1920s, and returned to his native state of California to work as a stone carver, sculptor and self-taught jeweler. Many of his first pieces of jewelry were made from silver and display a constructivist interest in internal structure and layering.

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Lichtenstein, Roy – American Artist

Roy Lichtenstein (1923 – 1997)

Born in New York City in 1923, Roy Lichtenstein grew up in a city that epitomized the ideals and machinations of modernism. He therefore gained a unique understanding of the affects of modern life on the solitary soul, the group, and the society at large. Growing up during the depression years and coming of age at the start of World War II, he was greatly influenced by the jazz [...] Click here to continue reading.

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