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 Clara Barck Welles  (1868 - 1965)

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Lived/Active: Illinois/California      Known for: Silversmith, designer

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BIOGRAPHY for Clara Welles
1868 (Ellenville, New York)
1965 (San Diego, California)


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A silversmith, Clara Wells established a craft shop called Kalo, after the Greek work for 'beautiful'. It was located in the Fine Arts Building in Chicago for three decades and then moved to Michigan Avenue. 

Overseeing and controlling design, she employed twenty-five silversmiths, and the "shop became known for some of the most beautiful silver pieces ever made in America."  In 1939, her silver was included in a Museum of Modern Art exhibit in New York.

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