Thomas Dailing and Geoffrey Giles: Saul Bell Design Award Grand Prize Winners of 2008 and 2009. Take a look at their inspiring work. . .
The 2011 Saul Bell Design Award will be presented at a gala dinner during JCK in Las Vegas June 4th. Leading up to the event we’re taking a look back at some of our previous prize winners. Apichart Warrachart came to America from Thailand and found a freedom to follow the next possibility – and the next – and that has kept him here. This is Apichart’s beautiful, otherworldly piece from 2003. . .
As we lead up to the announcement of the 2011 Saul Bell Design Award winners this June, The Studio will be profiling a few winners from previous years.
Here’s a video about the 2002 Grand Prize Winner, David C. Freda, and the inspiration for his award winning piece “Stag Beetles, Grubs, and Raspberries,” a fine silver and sterling silver necklace with enameled glass beads and 24K and 18K yellow gold accents.
Unlike nearly any other jewelry design competition, the final judging of the Saul Bell Design Award Competition invites five unique jurors to a day of lively collaboration and incredible artistry . . .
Travel in time back to March of 2003. Jeweler, teacher and world-traveler Ronda Coryell had just won first place in the silver category of the 2002 Saul Bell Design Award competition. Eight years after that interview, literally to the day as I write, I learn that Ronda’s love for what she does, both as a jeweler and a teacher, has gained even more momentum. And it’s all due to the courting of that new metal alloy: Argentium® Silver. . .
I traveled to the Tucson Gem and Mineral show in early February in search of faceting rough material (precious or semi-precious stones suitable for faceting). For years my husband, Charles Springer, has traveled the show buying rough material on behalf of his jewelry manufacturing business, often returning with a precious piece or two of faceting rough that eventually ended up as a treasured piece of jewelry gifted to me! This year I had the rare opportunity to travel the Tucson Gem show as a spectator and shadow my husband as he shopped. He encouraged me to join him in looking for faceting rough…
Patricia Rogers is accustomed to re-purposing a variety of found objects to create accessories for the costumes she dreams up. She isn’t, however, accustomed to the kind of stir she created when she showed up at the Santa Fe Recycled Art Show wearing her latest piece…
Imagine what would happen if 30 jewelry designers were given the same nine materials (plus the freedom to choose a 10th ‘wild-card’ item) and then were challenged to create a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry. From that challenge sprang incredible beauty, both in the 30 spectacular projects shown in Jewelry Design Challenge, and in all the contest entries generated by the challenge…
Sessin Durgham joined Rio’s Technical Support team in 2006. Prior to that, he worked five years as a retail bench jeweler making custom designs and altogether has spent 27 years attending juried outdoor art shows, teaching forging workshops and selling his wares (or taking home awards for them).
The hobo nickel, a unique American folk-art form, gets its name from Depression-era hobos, who used a pocket knife to alter the image on Indian-head nickels. Often the Indian was altered to depict a bearded hobo wearing a derby, but religious and political figures, animals, celebrities, and so on, were also favorite subjects. These miniature art works were often traded for food or lodging…
Tim Sheriff of Swanstrom Tool really wowed the Tucson crowd last year with some Swarovski Crystal Reflection Earrings he made with the Swanstrom Link-Forming Plier and Disc Cutter Set. Here’s a brand new video showing how those earrings were made. This and many more videos are available on our YouTube channel.
Ok, confession time. My name is Yvonne, and I’m a jewelry hussy. By that I mean I love jewelry – ALL jewelry, and the shinier, the better. I wear jewelry all day, every day. If you are wearing jewelry, no matter what kind, be warned, I will ask to touch, feel, and admire it. At times I think I may need professional help, because I think about jewelry ALL the time. It’s been an obsession of mine since I was a kid.