About Taxco Silver Maker Margot de Taxco

Margot Van Voorhies Carr is one of the most highly renowned Mexican silversmiths from the mid-century Mexican silver renaissance. Margot was the daughter of immigrants who moved to the United States, where she was raised in New Orleans and San Francisco. After an early failed marriage, Margot moved to Mexico City in 1937 and, shortly after that, to Taxco, Mexico. She married a well-known designer from the Mexican silver renaissance, Antonio Castillo, where she became a designer in his newly opened silversmith, “Los Castillo”. According to the book “Mexican Silver” by Merrill and Berk, Margot worked with other members of Los Castillo to create a unique enameling process called “Champleve.”  In 1948, Margot separated from Castillo personally and professionally and started her own taller (silversmith) shop called Margot de Taxco. Her business proliferated and employed numerous designers and enamellists who later also became well known.