In addition to pumping blood through your veins, being a metaphor for the place where you hold all of your love, and the namesake of my second-favorite early-1980s detective show, the heart is at the center of so much of our cultural, visual, and emotional landscape.
Accordingly, the wonderful folks over at Mitsubishi Materials Corporation are sponsoring the Tales of the Heart PMC® competition, open to all PMC artists. The main parameter: every piece that is entered must have a heart incorporated into the design and at least 50% of the piece must be made from Precious Metal Clay™ (fine silver, sterling, or gold).
The winners will be decided by the contest’s illustrious judges, all brilliant jewelry artists in their own right: Bill Griffith, Annie Pennington, and friend-of-Rio Patrik Kusek. All you have to do is e-mail images for up to five different pieces, along with your name, the title of the piece, size and the materials used to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, January 14th. Best of all, entry is free! The competition winners will be notified on—fittingly—Valentine’s Day. A cool grand will be awarded for first prize, $750 for second and $500 for third.
For more information, check out the Tales of the Heart site. Good luck—and post pictures of the pieces you’re entering in the comments!