This June, the winners of the 2011 Saul Bell Design Award Competition will be announced at the JCK show in Las Vegas. Here at The Studio we’re excited to look back over the past ten years of the competition and present you with some Saul Bell Design Award memories. Over the next several weeks, as the awards banquet draws near, we’ll show you interview footage of past winners, share some images of visionary design, and celebrate the man whose spirit inspired the competition.
The Spirit of the Award
My grandfather, Saul Bell, lived to be 96 years old and he came to work at Rio Grande every day until less than two weeks before he died. A few years after his passing, a group of associates at Rio Grande presented my family with a video documenting memories of Saul, from both associates and customers. The video featured stories—many of which we had never heard before—that revealed my grandfather’s sincere interest in the artistic and technical challenges faced by the jewelers he met, whose potential he encouraged with generosity, warmth, and humor.
The competition was conceived as a celebration of Saul Bell’s well-lived life and as a way to nurture and elevate daring jewelry design.
The Life and Work of Saul Bell
Let’s begin our look back over the past ten years of the competition with a video about Saul Bell’s life and work:
To learn more about the competition and see winning designs of the past ten years, you can visit the Saul Bell Design Award Competition webpage. Also be sure to read past spotlights on The Studio about SBDA winners Eva Martin, Sessin Durgham and emerging artist winner Haley Holeman.
More wonderful highlights coming soon! Stay tuned…