Francisco Jesús Hernández Pérez
To Contact: This artisan’s page is part of the Feria Maestros del Arte website, a non-profit organization providing a yearly venue for Mexican folk artisans to come together to sell their work. If you wish to purchase the artisan's work other than at the Feria, you MUST contact them directly.
Between the 1600s and the 1800s Boliva, Peru and Mexico grew to produce about 85% of the worlds silver production. During Mexico's 19th century war for Independence, the Spanish barons destroyed their mines rather than lose them to the revolutionaries, and the art of silver work died out for quite some time.
In 1926, William Spratling, a US. citizen and associate architecture professor from Tulane University arrived in Taxco to study Mexico and its culture. In1929 he moved to Mexico and was welcomed into the influential artistic circles there. Mr. Spratling discovered the potential talent in the locals and motivated the community artisans to create designs and rediscover the craft of silversmithing. With his own designs, he created an apprentice system of training young silversmiths with artistic talent and gave them the opportunity to develope their skill.
Over time many the art of silversmithing spread to other states in Mexico such as Michoácan. Many of Kutzi's designs are reminiscent of the Spratling era of silver jewelry making.