The irrepressable Miel-Margarita Paredes is a gift to us all, hailing from Wisconson. Her repousse and fabrication ingenuity have resulted in pieces that are as suited to gallers walls as they are to craft museum displays. Anyone familiar with repousse will instantly note the quality, skill and difficulty of the projects gives have life to – what we are observing here is a prodigy, able to produce work that takes many years of practice for others. In particular, her functional items are displays of skillfully finding the imaginative plasticity of the metal, such as her “Ruminant Pillbox”, her exquisite bird and octopus teapots, her toys, and her “Luna Moth Tea Infuser”. Fortunately, this artist’s career is just beginning, and her energy (a vital component of a metal worker) promises much more to come.
Born into a prominent Belgian silversmithing family, Philippe entered his father’s shop to apprentice at 17. He clearly was a rebel son, embracing the “new art” that resulted from the revitalizing impact of Japanese aesthetic on European culture. Pieces that he created outside the family shop’s aesthetic are fairly rare, and clearly imitating the master Lalique. His early works in jewelry and smithing do not quite possess the harmony of other artists, but in these mature works the result of his enterprise are plain.