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Rio Grande announces winners of 15th annual Saul Bell Design Award

At a celebration dinner held during the Santa Fe Symposium® in Albuquerque, NM, Rio Grande announced the winners of the 15th annual Saul Bell Design Award competition. Through rigorous judging, a panel of judges chose first- and second-place winners in each of six competitive categories, as well as in the Emerging Jewelry Artist category for designers 21 years and younger. Prizes, awards and congratulations were presented to each winning designer at the gala dinner. The winning designs, as well as all finalist pieces, are featured online at saulbellaward.com.

The competition challenges jewelry designers to reach for that moment in all great design when a brilliant idea meets a keen set of skills. The competition recognizes the power of design to elevate common elements to a higher purpose and encourages designers to release that power in any of seven categories: Gold/Platinum; Silver/Argentium® Silver; Metal Clay; Enamel; Hollowware/Art Objects; Alternative Metals/Materials; Emerging Jewelry Artist (reserved for designers 21 years or younger, this category places no limitations on the media used and requires only that the finished piece is wearable jewelry adornment and fabricated by the entrant).

2015 Gold/Platinum Category

1st Place - $2,000 Rio Grande Gift Certificate

Rio Raible

“From The Deep”

Kent Raible

Mossyrock, Washington

2nd Place - $1,000 Rio Grande Gift Certificate

“Starstruck”

Susan Blennerhassett

Nedlands, Australia

2015 Silver/Argentium® Silver Category

1st Place - $2,000 Rio Grande Gift Certificate

Rio Lucas

“constrained timelessness”

Andy Lucas

Klamath Falls, Oregon

2nd Place - $1,000 Rio Grande Gift Certificate

“MagiSphere Concept”

Kate Hubley

Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada

2015 Metal Clay Category

1st Place - $2,000 Rio Grande Gift Certificate

RIO Solomon

“Good Fortune”

Ivy Solomon

Oak Park, Michigan, USA

2nd Place - $1,000 Rio Grande Gift Certificate

“Je T’aime - Dual Flame”

Holly Gage

Bowmansville, Pennsylvania

2015 Enamel Category

1st Place - $2,000 Rio Grande Gift Certificate

Rio Park

“Streaming Turquoise”

Jennifer Park

Budd Lake, New Jersey

2nd Place - $1,000 Rio Grande Gift Certificate

“Empress Theodora”

Sandra McEwen

Raleigh, North Carolina

2015 Hollowware/Art Objects Category

1st Place - $2,000 Rio Grande Gift Certificate

Rio Kent Raible

“The Pregnant Chalice”

Kent Raible

Mossyrock, Washington

2nd Place - $1,000 Rio Grande Gift Certificate

“Ssssssumtuous Tea”

Genevieve Flynn

Kansas City, Missouri

2015 Alternative Metals/Materials Category

1st Place - $2,000 Rio Grande Gift Certificate

Rio Tucci

“The Hummingbird Necklace”

Kathleen Nowak Tucci

Atmore, Alabama

2nd Place - $1,000 Rio Grande Gift Certificate

“Moonstruck”

Sandy Mikel

Hawthorne, Florida

2015 Emerging Jewelry Artist Category

1st Place - $500 Rio Grande Gift Certificate

Rio Krulasik

“Hollow Brooch”

Lisa Krulasik

Glendale, New York

2nd Place - $250 Rio Grande Gift Certificate

“The Pinnacles of Ha Long Bay”

Elly Cernohorsky

Halls Head, Western Australia

3rd Place - $100 Rio Grande Gift Certificate

“Windows”

Ella Calas

Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan

Finalists

Gold/Platinum: Mandy Morris, York, England, UK; Gentry Buckner, Oakland, California; Annie Koenig, Louisville, Kentucky

Silver/Argentium® Silver: Liam Powers, Brooklyn, New York; Larry Stark, Sacramento, California; Alicia Dib, San Antonio de los Altos, Miranda, Venezuela

Metal Clay: Janet Alexander, Ruidoso, New Mexico; Terry Kovalcik, Haledon, New Jersey; Anna Mazon, Krakow, Poland

Enamel: Gill Cordiner, Perth, Australia; Kristin Holeman, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Lessley Burke, Ridgefield, Connecticut

Hollowware/Art Objects: Nanz Aalund, Poulsbo, Washington; Lynn Occhiuzzo, Hillsborough, North Carolina, Philip Peck, Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania

Alternative Metals/Materials: Una Barrett, Portland, Oregon; Pat Pruitt, Paguate, New Mexico; Jimin Jung, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Emerging Jewelry Artist: Christian Hitzelberger, Huntsville, Texas; Ari Cohen, Wellesley, Massachusetts; Chloe Henderson, Eskbank, Midlothian, UK; Juliana Benez, Los Angeles, California

For information about the 2016 Saul Bell Design Award competition, designers are invited to call 800-952-6222 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Visit saulbellaward.com for general information about the Saul Bell Design Award competition.


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