Over the last month, we’ve been chatting with and telling the stories of the winners of the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award competition. Be sure to check out our visit with winners, Valerie Jo Coulson and Bruce Hartman.
The Emerging Artist category is one of our favorites. The fresh perspective and positively astounding skill level from designers so young makes us excited for the future of the industry. This year the category has been expanded to include jewelers 21 years of age and younger, with the hope of encouraging more young artists and designers to enter the competition.
This week we caught up with Aneka Hausmann, second place winner in the Emerging Artist category. She shared a little about her work, her plans for the future (she turned 18 on August 14!), and the passion that inspired her piece.
Heather Apodaca: Tell us a little more about your winning piece in the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award.
Aneka Hausmann: My piece is called “Renoir’s Desire.” It’s a sculpture of a pawing dressage horse. The necklace attached represents three jumping horses. Inside one of the horse’s body is a locket with resin filling and a quote that says, “Jump for your goals.”
HA: Where did the inspiration for the piece come from?
AH: It was inspired by my passion for working with horses and my adoration for their movement and grace. Most of my pieces are based on animal movement and poses.
HA: What was your biggest challenge in creating the design?
AH: My biggest challenge in making this piece come to life would probably have to be the whole process of soldering individual rivets to the back of the second-layer body parts and drilling holes in the original back piece so that they match up to the outlines of each piece.
HA: How long have you been interested in jewelry design? How did you discover it?
AH: I found jewelry design during my freshmen year of high school. I have been working with metal to create jewelry and sculptures ever since!
HA: Tell us a little about your instructor or mentor.
AH: My instructor, Wendy Woldenberg, taught me everything I know about metal work. She lives in downtown Seattle and she’s passionate about teaching her students all she can about jewelry.
HA: What do you like about jewelry design? What excites you about it?
AH: Jewelry design is kind of a way for me to show off my love for animals and work on my creativity! I love being able to show my passion for horses in what I make.
HA: What is design to you? How do you define it?
AH: Design to me is a way to show personal creativity through art.
HA: Tell us a little about your plans for the future? Do you plan to continue making jewelry?
AH: I want to go into engineering—fabrication more specifically. I do want to continue working with metal even if it is not jewelry; although, I will probably keep making jewelry to sell or wear on the side.
HA: What are your interests outside of jewelry design?
AH: I am very outdoorsy. I work with horses and ride every chance I get! I love going off-roading, camping, horseback riding (whether it’s riding English in an arena, or going on trails). I am almost always out of the house with friends.
You can see the work of the other two Emerging Artist winners, Luis Figueroa and Inbum Yu, on the Saul Bell Design Award website. And if you know any talented young jewelry designers, please encourage them to enter the next competition!