(ATLANTA) - Winners of the annual student design competition, hosted by Southern Jewelry Travelers Association (SJTA) and the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), were announced at an awards presentation held March 1, 2009 during the Atlanta Jewelry Show.
Special guest judges and emerging designers themselves, Sarah Harris, Deux Filles and Lisa Stein, LA Stein, helped present the awards, which were given in four categories: Traditional Materials and Processes, Alternative Materials and Processes, CAD/CAM/RP, Art Jewelry, and the top people's choice award, Best in Show.
Themed "A Feast for the eyes: The Diverse Table," the competition brought together a delectable array of entries in a versatile range of media, styles and designs. Co-sponsored by Stuller, Inc. the fifth annual competition continues the tradition of recognizing the outstanding work of SCAD design students while also providing budding jewelry designers with an inside look at the commercial jewelry industry.
Best in Show - Cinthya Cuba
Traditional Materials & Processes - First Place: Baiyang Qui; Second Place: Yu-mi Kim; Third Place: Paige Barbee
Alternative Materials and Processes - First Place: Susie Murphy; Second Place: Baiyang Qiu; Third Place: Rong Rong
CAD/CAM/RP - First Place: Ashley Warsaw; Second Place: Mariel Mejia; Third Place: Susie Murphy
Art Jewelry - First Place: Cinthya Cuba; Second Place: Ashley Warsaw; Third Place: Alex Hossick
Mariel Mejia, Bonnie Kubasta, Baiyang Qiu, Ashley Warsaw and Judges Susan Harris, Deux Filles and Lisa Stein.
"We chose this year's theme to reflect the diversity of our students, as well as the range of work they create. We saw the theme as a metaphor for an enjoyable banquet where there are so many delicious choices that everyone leaves satisfied," explains Bonnie Kubasta, professor of metals and jewelry, SCAD. "Atlanta Jewelry Show attendees had the chance to see some beautifully produced traditional work, interesting uses of materials, different solutions using newer technologies and work that may even challenge the viewer's perceptions about what jewelry can or ought to be."
"We've partnered with SCAD to recognize and showcase the incredible work of the school's design students and to give these emerging industry talents a first-hand look at the commercial jewelry industry," adds Carol Young, executive director, SJTA. "Based on comments we received from students and show attendees alike, we think it has certainly achieved and exceeded these goals."
The competition is open to currently matriculated students and alumni from SCAD. Entries are judged by a panel of experts, including members of the press, industry designers, retail jewelry store owners, SCAD faculty and guest judges Sarah Harris, Deux Filles and Lisa Stein, LA Stein.
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