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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Craft: Metal: Muffineer
Margret Craver

Margret Craver

(born Pratt, KS 1907 -- died Cambridge, MA 2010)

During World War II, Margret Craver worked in a naval hospital, where she discovered that the repetitive motions demanded by metalwork were therapeutic for wounded veterans. Together with dealers Handy and Harman, she developed a series of workshops to teach metalsmithing techniques. The workshops continued after the war, attended by students such as John Paul Miller, Alma Eikerman, and Earl Pardon. Her other contribution to the art of jewelry making was the revival of a seventeenth-century enameling technique called en résille, a method of applying enamel to glass rather than metal.