Saul Bell Design Award 2014 Competition Finalists Announced

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
competition are:


[] 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

Metal Clay

[] 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

Hollowware/Art Object

[] 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

Silver/Argentium™ Silver

[] 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

Alternative Metal/Material

[] 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
platinum group.

[] 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

For about the Saul Bell Design Award competition, please
call 800.952.6222 or email [marketing at], or visit