Hilda Kraus modernist silver jewelry
Hilda Kraus modernist silver jewelry (1950-80s)
Born in New York City in 1915, 20-year-old American artist Hilda Kraus went to Europe to continue her studies and improve her skills after graduating from Hunter College. In the 1950s and 60s, she studied at the International Academy of Arts in Salzburg, Austria, and learned the technology of making silver and enamelware from the best masters in Europe. Among them, in particular, were well-known workshops in Denmark, France, Germany and Italy.
Noteworthy, she managed to combine her studies in jewelry art with business and teaching. So, she owned workshops and stores in her native New York City, Connecticut and Maine. In addition, Hilda taught at the Crafts Center in Brookfield, Minnesota and had been a regular exhibitor at art exhibitions, receiving numerous awards and prizes. Her work is in the collections of the Art Museums of New York, Delaware, Connecticut and other states.
Many-awarded artist, enamellist, jewelry designer, silversmith and teacher, Hilda Kraus lived a long life, almost 100 years. She died in Westport, Connecticut on June 2, 2014.