William Claude Harper
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William C. Harper (born 1944) is an American jewelry artist known for studio craft jewelry.
Born in Bucyrus, Ohio, in 1944. He received a BS in 1966 and an MS in education in 1967, both from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He also studied advanced enameling techniques at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Harper began his career as an abstract painter but in the early 1960s switched to enameling. Many of his creations relate to mythology and ritual objects, and his work was included in the exhibition One of a Kind: The Studio Craft Movement at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, December 22, 2006-September 3, 2007.
Currently resides in New York City.
- Harper, William, The Art of William Harper, Enameled Jewelry and Objects, New York, Kennedy Galleries, 1981.
- Harper, William, William Harper, Jasper's Variations and Faberge's Seeds, New York, Peter Joseph Gallery, 1994.
- Harper, William, William Harper, Tallahassee, Fla., University Fine Arts Galleries, 1980.
- Manhart, Tom, William Harper, Artist as Alchemist, Orlando, Fla., Orlando Museum of Art, 1989.