In our previous post on the 2013 Saul Bell Design Award winners, we showed you the masterful talent of the Grand Prize winner Ryan Roberts and his decadent earrings with Tahitian pearls and diamonds and garnets. And remember John Lunn’s magical flute, Guzialia Reed’s opulent bead-and-crystal studded necklace, Wanaree Tanner’s bracelet that’s a gorgeous sanctuary gateway, Inja Kim’s Summer Dream, Meghan Clark’s Stingray Feather Necklace, and Emerging Artist Jose Lins’ hypnotic filigree-beaded necklace? Sounds magical, doesn’t it? Check them out in our blog post on the Grand Prize and First Place winners.
Here are the incredible 2013 Second Place winners, plus the Second and Third Place winners in the category of Emerging Artist. By the way, we just refer to them as “winners” most of the time. It’s easy to see why!
The Saul Bell Design Award Second Place winner in the Gold/Platinum category is Michael Boyd of Pueblo, Colorado. His necklace displays an amazing circular array of jasper, agate, opal, diamond, and sapphire, making us want to camp out in the middle of Colorado’s gorgeous wilderness. Of course, only if we can wear this necklace while we’re doing it.
Michael Boyd also took a Second Place prize in the Hollowware category with his stunning “Letter Knife” with its jade handle, Damascus steel blade, and a saddle of gold. He even adds emeralds, a black diamond and a sapphire to it, and gives it a stand of dinosaur bone, black jade, 22K gold, and sterling silver. Any letter would be a great letter if we could use this to open it!
Jinbee Park of New York City won Second Place in the Silver/Argentium® category with an amazing brooch of playful beads, elegantly bezel-set with amethyst, pink tourmaline, and iolite. The open, hollow areas combined with a patterned geometry give this brooch a light, almost architecture- or chemistry-inspired feel. We love it!
Nena Potts of Rogersville, Missouri, received Second Place in the Enamel category with “Roman Crown,” stately but natural, full of movement yet serene in color and composition. Each leaf was designed separately, and they all move as a unit around someone’s (lucky!) neck.
Laura McCabe from Stonington, Connecticut, won Second Place in the Beads category with her “Renaissance Revival.” She wove freshwater pearls, 24K gold-plated glass seed beads, and vintage Swarovski crystal stones and beads, to create a gorgeous necklace that she told us was inspired by an early 17th century Flemish chain. Incredible!
Metal Clay Category
Christi Anderson of Marana, Arizona, captured Second Place in the Metal Clay category with her necklace called “The Garden of Good and Evil.” She made it after visiting a New Orleans cemetery, and she gave it a hand-carved padlock and the ability to hold a memento. She carefully set sapphire stars in the night sky visible above the gate. Her necklace intimately tells a tale and is executed with the care of the master storyteller.
Emerging Artist Category
Kylie Urban of Auburn, Washington, received Second Place in the Emerging Artist category with “Sugar Skull,” an acid-etched nickel-silver locket with a bright red enameled interior. She created it with tenderness and great skill in honor of loved ones who had passed. It’s easy to feel the love and care here.
Mackenzee Pierog of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, took Third Place in the Emerging Artist category with “A Remembrance of Childhood.” This necklace has a modern feel, and it conveys the movement of a mobile, with concentric half-circles alluding to whole ones. It is made of sterling silver, copper, and NuGold – and is finished with a baby photo and a snippet of a baby blanket.
Congratulations to our amazing winners! These are great artists, so creative, and we can’t wait to see what they make as they continue in their artistic jewelry endeavors. Let them know what you think of their award-winning designs, right here on our blog.
To see more great designs, stay tuned in the coming weeks for our coverage of the finalists of the 2013 Saul Bell Design Award competition! There’s so much to experience with the Saul Bell Design Awards that we hope you are as inspired by them as we are.