Another great event during the Las Vegas Market week last month was the 8th annual Saul Bell Design Awards. No other design competition honors it's winners quite like the folks at Rio Grande, the sponsor of the Saul Bell Awards.
The awards ceremony is a lovely, long dinner with a great video created of and by the winners. The star is the editor of the film who pieces together great responses to pendantic questions. What's your inspiration? How do you describe your hands?
The competition invites designers to create original jewelry designs in seven categories. Rio Grande annually awards nearly $30,000 in prizes.
This year’s categories and finalists are as follows:
Gold/Platinum —Thomas Dailing, Thomas Dailing Designs; Sowon Joo; James Kaya, Solair Jewelers; Patricia Madeja, Patricia Madeja Studio Jewelry; and Kim Yanke, Yanke Designs.
PMC —Dina Alexander; Claudia Atkins, Handmade Metals & Gems; Barbro Eriksdotter Gendell, Eriksdotter Design; Elizabeth Hall, Lizard’s Jewelry; and Donna Lewis, Belladonnasilver.
Silver —John Casner; Jane Garibaldi, Garibaldi Designs; Chihiro Makio, 314 Studio; Carol Salisbury, Carol Salisbury; Andrea Lucille Shin, Andrea Lucille Designs.
Beads — Larry River, Heart of Gold Gallery; Jonathan Rutledge, Jonathan Lee Rutledge; Susan & Jeff Wise, Future Wise Inc.; Jennifer Wood, Riot Designs; Genevieve Yang, Genevieve Yang.
Hollowware — David Bausman; Charles Funnell; Leslie Laine-Lewis; Joy Stember; Sadie Wang, Sadie Wang.
Swarovski — Beth Kraft, Nordic Gypsy Beads & Jewelry, Yutao Liu, YL Consulting Designs; Kimberly Starbard, Cove Beads; Wendy Wallin Malinow, Wallin Malinow Design; Elizabeth Weaver.
Emerging Artist — Anne Tedesco, Chaparral High School.
[TIP: This is one of the great design competitions to enter -- the categories are diverse, the process very professional and the entrants are diverse, too. Everyone should enter; the publicity and exposure is a great marketing benefit. The 2009 application is online now -- click here to go to the Saul Bell Award website.]