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Earl Krentzin

Krentzin was born in Detroit Michigan on December 28, 1929. He attended Cass Technical High School in Detroit from 1945 to 1948. He graduated with highest honors from Cass. Krentzin enrolled at Wayne State University, Detroit for his undergraduate education. He earned his B.F.A. Degree with distinction in 1952. He continued his education at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in 1952. There he pursued his M.F.A. Degree in metalsmithing. After graduating from Cranbrook, Krentzin went to conduct post-graduate studies at the Royal Academy of Art in London, England. There he studied silversmithing from 1952 through 1954.

Krentzin refers to his creations as Silverlings. They are miniature narratives fabricated from sterling silver. He often incorporates semi-precious stones into his "Sillverling". Krentzin is inspired by the work of painters Paul Klee, Picasso and Salvador Dali. He worked in a sculpture studio in Detroit after graduating from Cranbrook. He saw this as a negative influence. Krentzin also worked for Chrysler designing and building models of individual decorative elements in automobiles.

Krentzin has participated in, lectured at and exhibited in programs sponsored by the American Crafts Council, Michigan Silversmith's Guild, Michigan Council for the Arts, Wisconsin Designer-Craftsman Association and Cranbrook Academy of Art. He was awarded a Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant in Creative Metalwork in 1966 and a Fullbright Grant to study at the Royal Academy of Art.