Rio Grande Announces 2014 Saul Bell Design Award Competition
Finalists For several hours, five judges pored over designs
submitted to the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award competition.
Drawing on years of experience and a lifelong passion for making
jewelry, judges Lorna Durgham, Yvonne M. Padilla, Stephanie
Johnstone, Neil Bell and Jeannine Daniels selected the five entries
in each category that best exhibit imagination, design innovation
and style. The designs selected as finalists now move on to the
final round of judging, with winners to be announcedand celebratedat
an awards ceremony to be held on May 18, 2014, during the Santa Fe
Symposium, in Albuquerque, NM.
The finalists selected in the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award
 Igor Salnikov of Ekaterinburg, Russian Federation
 Eva Martin of Brookline, Massachusetts
 Nuttapon Yongkiettakul of Bangkok, Thailand
 Andrea Koenig-Carnahan of Louisville, Kentucky
 Neda Ghadir of Savannah, Georgia
 Anna Mazon of Krak?w, Poland
 Ilona Pileika of Waterbury, Connecticut
 Linda Kaye-Moses of Dalton, Massachusetts
 Helga van Leipsig of Beesel, Netherlands
 Christi Anderson of Marana, Arizona
 Diana Solis of Mexico City, Mexico
 Aleksandr Maryaskin of Yorktown, Virginia
 Llyn Strelau of Calgary, Canada
 Brian Gisi of Denver, Colorado
 Sue Aygarn Kowalski of Carver, Massachusetts
 Chelsea Fay of Rochester, New York
 Apeksha Mehta of New York City, New York
 Vahe Ghazarian of Boston, Massachusetts
 Valerie Coulson of Pequea, Pennsylvania
 Bruce Hartman of Carlisle, Pennsylvania
 Merry-Lee Rae of Freedom, California
 Marcus Synnot of Mt. Claremont, Australia
 Nicolette Absil of Mantua, New Jersey
 Ryu-Hee Kim of Lubbock, Texas
 Artem Kutyrev of Ekaterinburg, Russian Federation
 Zoltan David of Bee Cave, Texas
 Janet Huddie of Crownsville, Maryland
 Cecilia Capisano of Buenos Aires, Argentina
 Elysha Roberts of Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts
 Joe Korth of Denver, Colorado
All entries in the Saul Bell Design Award competition are the
original design of the designer who enters them.
Competition categories are:
 NEW THIS YEAR! Alternative Metal/Material: The predominant
material is any metal or material not covered in other categories,
such as base metals, reactive metals, resin, glass, wood, textiles
or found objects.
 Gold/Platinum: The predominant metal is gold or a metal of
 Silver/Argentium™ Silver: The predominant metal is fine,
sterling or Argentium? Silver or any combination.
 Metal Clay: The predominant material is silver, gold, bronze or
copper metal clay.
 Enamel: The predominant surface material is enamel applied to any
type of metal.
 Hollowware/Art Object: Includes vessels and non-wearable objects
made of precious metal.
First place winners in each category of the Saul Bell Design Award
receive a $2,000 Rio Grande gift certificate and other prizes.
Second place winners receive a $1,000 Rio Grande gift certificate
and other prizes.
Established in 2001 as a tribute to master bench jeweler and Rio
Grande founder Saul Bell, the Saul Bell Design Award competition
honors the Mr. Bell’s spirit and life’s work through robust
competition among jewelers and designers from around the world. In
each of six categories, entries are judged for creativity,
originality, functionality, quality and attention to detail. Past
years’ winning entries may be seen at