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2014 Saul Bell Design Award Competition Winners


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Rio Grande announced the winners of the 14th annual Saul Bell Design
Award competition at a celebration dinner held on May 18 during the
Santa Fe Symposium? in Albuquerque, NM. After several months of
judging, hundreds of entries yielded first- and second-place winners
in each of six competitive categories. Judges for the final round
were: Ryan Roberts, Chris Ploof, Jim Binnion, Kate Wolf, and Jurgen
Maerz. Prizes, awards and recognition were presented to each winner
at the gala dinner. Winning pieces, as well as all finalist pieces
are featured online at http://www.ganoksin.com/gnkurl/ep80bj .

Categories:

The competition challenges jewelry designers to push the boundaries
of their imaginations as they envision and create original and
innovative pieces in any of six categories:

NEW THIS YEAR! Alternative Metals/Materials: The predominant
material can be any non-traditional metal (not covered in another
category, including base metals and reactive metals) or material
(including resin, glass, wood, found objects and textiles).

Gold/Platinum: The predominant metal is gold or platinum group
metals including palladium or a combination. May be cast,
fabricated, forged, assembled or created with any combination of
techniques.

Silver/Argentium Silver: The predominant metal is silver or Argentium
Silver or a combination of both. May be cast, fabricated, forged,
assembled or created with any combination of techniques.

Hollowware/Art Objects: Includes vessels and non-wearable objects
made of precious metal constructed primarily from milled stock using
one or more metal forming techniques. Decorative cast components may
be incorporated. Metal Clay: The predominant material is metal clay
(silver, gold, bronze, copper, etc.) and may include gemstones and
other findings as desired.

Enamel: The predominant surface material must be glass-based enamels
and may be fired on any type of metal.

Emerging Jewelry Artist: Reserved for young designers, 18 years of
age or younger, this category places no limitation on media used and
requires only that the finished piece is wearable jewelry adornment
and fabricated by the entrant.

2014 Saul Bell Design Award Winners:
2014 Alternative Metals/Materials Category Winners:
First Place $2,000 Rio Grande Gift Certificate
"Celestial Winds"
Zoltan David
Bee Cave, Texas, USA

Second Place $1,000 Rio Grande Gift Certificate
"It Begins"
Elysha Roberts
Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, USA

2014 Gold/Platinum Category Winners:
First Place $2000 Rio Grande Gift Certificate
"Golden Kinematic: Ring"
Igor Salnikov
Ekaterinburg, Russian Federation

Second Place $1,000 Rio Grande Gift Certificate
"Surrender"
Andrea Koenig-Carnahan
Louisville, Kentucky, USA

2014 Silver/Argentium? Silver Category Winners:
First Place $2,000 Rio Grande Gift Certificate
"The Cynosure II"
Valerie Jo Coulson
Pequea, Pennsylvania, USA

Second Place $1,000 Rio Grande Gift Certificate
"Carnelian Wave"
Bruce Hartman
Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA

2014 Hollowware Category Winners:
First Place $2,000 Rio Grande Gift Certificate
"Silver Filigree Vanity Mirror"
Aleksandr Maryaskin
Yorktown, Virginia, USA

Second Place $1,000 Rio Grande Gift Certificate
"Oil Can Teapot"
Sue Aygarn Kowalski
Carver, Massachusetts, USA

2014 Metal Clay Category Winners:
First Place $2,000 Rio Grande Gift Certificate
"Doors To My Dreams"
Christi Anderson
Marana, Arizona, USA

Second Place $1,000 Rio Grande Gift Certificate
"Slavic Tales: Leshy"
Anna Mazon
Krakw, Poland

2014 Enamel Category Winners:
First Place $2,000 Rio Grande Gift Certificate
"Bobcat Secret"
Merry-Lee Rae
Freedom, California, USA

Second Place $1,000 Rio Grande Gift Certificate
"Luminous RingMandarine Fish"
Artem Kutyrev
Ekaterinburg, Russian Federation

2014 Emerging Jewelry Artist Category Winners:
First Place $500 Rio Grande Gift Certificate (and matching award to
designer’s instructor or school)
"Calope"
Louis Figueroa
Quito, Ecuador

Second Place $250 Rio Grande Gift Certificate (and matching award to
designer’s instructor or school)
"Renoir’s Desire"
Aneka Hausmann
Auburn, Washington, USA

Third Place $100 Rio Grande Gift Certificate (and matching award to
designer’s instructor or school)
"Oriental Grace"
Inbum Yu
Carrollton, Texas, USA

For about the 2015 Saul Bell Design Award competition,
designers are invited to call 800.952.6222 or email
[marketing at riogrande.com]. Initial concepts for entries to the 2015
competition are due by September 19, 2014.

Visit http://www.ganoksin.com/gnkurl/ep80bj for general information
about the Saul Bell Design Award competition.