Clara Barck Welles with the Illinois suffragettes in Washington, DC, 1913. DN-0060283. Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago Historical Society
A New Woman: Clara Barck Welles, Inspiration & Influence in Arts & Crafts Silver
Clara Barck Welles was a feminist, activist, artist and maker in the early 20th century. She co-founded the Kalo Shop of Chicago, a studio famous for its elegant Arts and Crafts silver hollowware, flatware and jewelry. The Kalo Shop, whose motto was “beautiful, useful, and enduring,” trained generations of designers, jewelers and silversmiths from the early 1900s until it closed in 1970. This show features works from the collections of the JSMA and the Portland Art Museum, plus rarely seen private pieces.