William Spratling


American architect and designer William Spratling originally came to Mexico in 1926 to give a conference on colonial architecture. Enchanted by the culture and art that he encountered in Mexico, he stayed on and in 1929 moved to the architectural jewel of colonial Taxco where he soon discovered the area’s potential and the unique Mexican talent for turning ordinary objects into works of art.

Spratling’s vision led him to design jewelry and art objects in which pre-hispanic and modernistic motives were combined in simple but elegant fashion.  Local artisans translated Spratling’s drawings into a variety of silver pieces of extraordinary beauty.

Today, the Maestro Don Tomás represents a new generation of artisans trained in the Spratling tradition and continues his work.