Mark Frankel’s passion for working with gold and silver is a family trait. Frankel Jewelers of Saratoga Springs, NY has been in the family since the late 1800’s. However, Mark chose to pursue his interest in creating larger pieces, rather than jewelry, and after college searched for a program of study in silversmithing. His quest led him to Europe and the Sir John Cass School of Art in London in 1977. After an intensive four year program with a concentration in silversmithing, Mark graduated with Distinction in 1981.
Upon his return to the U.S., Mark was hired by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and managed their silver production workshop. The shop produced Colonial Williamsburg licensed products , gifts for the U.S. State Department, trophies for the PGA and other unique pieces. In 1997, Colonial Williamsburg closed their silver production workshop due to corporate restructuring and Mark founded MJF Silversmiths, LLC. Since it's establishment in 1997, MJF Silversmiths continues to produce licensed Colonial Williamsburg products but also specializes in private commissions. Recent commissions have included gifts for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, trophies for the Royal Canadian Golf Association and the Kaufman Awards for the Cleveland Clinic. In addition, James Avery Craftsman of Texas has referred many churches across the U.S. and in 2003, Mark completed an extensive collection of silver appointments for St. Bede’s Parish in Williamsburg, VA. His career as a master silversmith spans nearly thirty years and covers a rich array of commissions. Mark welcomes your inquiries and looks forward to speaking with you about the unique art of silversmithing.