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20th Century Modern Enamelist
Very little is known about the life and work of American artist Maggie Howe, who established a studio in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and influenced an entire generation of Mexican enamelists. According to an article by Carol Miller Zapata published in "Craft Horizons" in 1965, Howe was an "ex-cellest who came to Mexico to study law and became the cosmopolitan capital's most dynamic and vivid color linguist." Zapata observed that Howe's favorite subjects were flowers, crickets, and insects, which she frequently depicted on platters, ashtrays, and enameled teak candlesticks. She displayed and sold her work at an exhibition center called Bazar del Sabado, which she helped organize in 1961. In a later article, Zapata acknowledged that Howe was "one of the first artists in Mexico to use vitreous enamel as an art medium." According to Miriam Fastag, a specialist in Mexican enameling of the twentieth century, the prominent Mexican artist Miguel Angel Pineda studed with Howe between 1958 and 1960.
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California
1961: Organizer, Bazar del Sabado Exhibition Center, Mexico
1958 - 1960: Mentor, to Miguel Angel Pineda
-------- Founder, Studio in Cuernavaca, Mexico