An adventurer, writer, collector, illustrator, architect, designer, entrepreneur, and businessman: american-born artist and silver designer William Spratling was known and widely regarded for his influence on 20th century Mexican silver design.
In 1931 Spratling reestablished a silver industry in Taxco, following a highly charged political and social revolution in Mexico. Taxco was a traditional site of silver mines but had no silver industry. Based predominantly on pre-columbian and art-deco motifs, Spratling’s designs were brought to life by locally hired goldsmiths.
Today, using the original tools, molds, and methods, Consuelo and Violante Ulrich and their team have faithfully reissued William Spratling’s work.
Spratling Silver take some time out of their busy schedule to tell us the story of their brand.
How did your brand begin?
In the late 1930´s, William Spratling, known as the founder of the modern Mexican Silver movement, boldly combined Art Deco and Pre-Columbian motifs in jewellery and tableware design, which are still handmade from the Spratling estate in Taxco el Viejo, Guerrero, Mexico. We strive to continue this work.
When did you first fall in love with jewellery and knew you wanted to become a designer?
Growing up at the Spratling Hacienda made me fall head over heels in love with jewellery designing.
Is your main influence William Spratling's works?
Predominantly from influences of William Spratling’s life and designs but also from our own lives and experiences.
How is your jewellery made?
Handcrfated using the same molds and methods as in Spratling´s lifetime.
Can you name some of your most inspiring clients?
Diego Rivera, Merilyn Monroe, Frida Kalo, Rosa Covarrubias, The Rockefellers only to name a few!
How do you want someone to feel when they wear your jewellery?
Elegant, beautiful and happy. Each piece I love dearly and I want the wearer to feel the same.
If you could travel to one place in the world right now, where would it be and why?
Italy, because I grew up there, and love their designs.
What meal is your signature dish?
Winding down after a day in the studio is sometimes difficult for a designer, what do you do to help this process?
I love to unwind in a hot bath...