— Rio Grande announces its call for entries for the 19th annual Saul Bell Design Award, an international design competition that challenges jewelers and metalsmiths to pick up their tools and seize their moment.
“The Saul Bell Design Award Competition offers designers a challenge unlike any other,” says Rio Grande Creative Director Jamie Gros, “to compete on an international level, to have their work judged by iconic names in the jewelry industry, and to be celebrated alongside a list of amazing winners and finalists.”
One of the jewelry industry’s foremost design events, the Saul Bell Design Award competition is unique for its intensive judging process. Two rounds are judged by a total of 10 jewelers and industry leaders who are masters of their craft. In the initial round, five judges look for originality of design, proposed use of materials, and aesthetics to select finalists. In the final round, a second panel of five judges examines completed finalist pieces up close, in the hand, and on model, looking for successful incorporation of materials, wearability (except in the Hollowware category) and quality of workmanship.
2018 winner Sophia Hu says receiving the Saul Bell Award has been “such a highlight in my life—a milestone in my career.” Her beautifully inventive “Origami—Window with a View Collection” received the Saul Bell Award’s 2018 Best of Show special distinction. “I really appreciated the two rounds of judges in the competition, since they have the eyes and tastes to see deeper, to identify and appreciate all the design efforts I put into each design in this collection.”
Matthieu Cheminée appeared as a finalist in the 2017 Silver/Argentium Silver category; he returned to win First Place in that same category in 2018 with his “Itado” cuff. “I actually designed that piece as I was in Albuquerque last year after the ceremony of the Saul Bell Award,” he says. “I had so much fun, and I thought it was such as good experience, that I had to come back.”
There are nine categories in the 2019 competition: Gold/Platinum, Silver/Argentium® Silver, Enamel, Hollowware/Art Objects, Alternative Metals/Materials, two categories of Emerging Jewelry Artist, and two categories of Jewelry Collection.
The Emerging Jewelry Artist categories encompass two age ranges: 18 years old and younger (high school age), or 22 years old and younger (college age) as of October 25, 2018. The two Jewelry Collection categories invite designers to create a cohesive set of wearable pieces (such as a coordinated necklace, bracelet and pair of earrings). Jewelers can compete in Jewelry Collection Couture/Fine, representing a line of luxury jewelry, or Jewelry Collection Fashion/Bridge, representing a line of trend-setting jewelry.
Entries are accepted through October 25, 2018. Finalist pieces are due by January 25, 2019. The entry form and detailed information about the competition, including submission guidelines and information about each of the categories, are available at saulbellaward.com.
Online Exhibition - Past and present Bursary applicants
The Guild of Enamellers Bursary Award is celebrating its 10 years anniversary. One of the current Bursary Award sponsors, The British Society of Enamellers (BSOE), is organising an online exhibition of past and present Bursary applicants' work (launching Sep 18).
All past and present Bursary applicants are eligible to apply. Full details and the online application form are on the BSOE website –
Deadline for applications - 31 July 2018.
Devon Guild have been funded by Art Council England to support older artists/ makers over the age of 70. They are able to commission 5 older professional artists/ makers and show the work in an exhibition at the gallery in the autumn of 2019. All the information members require is in the attached document.
See attached information / link for more details and context of the project.
Fee £2,500 per commission. Deadline 3 September 2018, 9am
For anyone wanting to have Riso screens made, our Thermofax machine is now with Region 4 until October 2018.
Please note that the price of the screening material has risen significantly this year and so we have had to raise our charge to £5.00 per A4 sheet.
Hans Theilade Memorial Bowl
Winner: Amanda Vickery
Highly commended: Anne Halligan and Norma Sales
Fred Barnes Memorial Trophy
Winner: Rachel Emmerson for her champleve pendant and earrings
Highly commended: Marion Edwards (plique a jour pendant) and Inger Trust Mertz (turquoise champleve pendant)
Kenneth Benton Award
Winner: Julie Rattray for her airbrush and stencil panels
Peter Wolfe Cloisonne Cup
Winner: Linda Bark for her longship pendant
The Painting Award
Winner: Maggie Cundy for her Hugin and Mugin raven pictures
The Rachel Gogerly Memorial Award
Winner: Rachel Emmerson
Chairman's Rose Bowl
Winner: Sharon Ford
Highly commended: Julie Rattray
May Yarker/Enameller Elect
Winner: Jeanette Hannaby for "Dartmoor"
Joint Winners: Dorothy Cockrell and Jane Geeson
Young Enamellers Awards
Under 16: Cerys Manning
Under 11: Griffin Manning
The Guild of Enamellers is delighted to announce Yasmin Belkhayat as the 2018 winner of their annual Bursary Award. Yasmin recently completed the Diploma in Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills and Design run by the Crafts Council of Ireland based at Kilkenny Campus, University of Maynooth, Ireland.
Yasmin initially started working with enamels as part of the Holts Apprenticeship course where she was introduced to a wide range of techniques. During her Diploma Yasmin further developed her champlevé and cloisonné skills and spent considerable time testing fluxes and enamels before completing her application pieces. The Bursary Award package will allow Yasmin, who is London based, to experiment further with other techniques such as painting and plique-à-jour and to expand her knowledge of fluxes and finishes. Yasmin is passionate about enamelling and wants to incorporate it into her future jewellery and silversmithing projects.
The Guild is extremely grateful to joint sponsors The British Society of Enamellers, W G Ball Ltd, craft&design Online, Proops Brothers Ltd, Milton Bridge Ceramic Colours and Vitrum Signum for supporting the Bursary Award. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, Leanne McCormack and Mahroz Hekmati were awarded runner-up prizes.The selection panel was impressed by the quality and diversity of the submissions, and were heartened to see a resurgence in the use of traditional techniques such as cloisonné, plique-à-jour and champlevé among applicants. It was clear that the applicants had a real enthusiasm, passion and flare for enamelling.
Click below to download a pdf showing the work of all the entrants.
Here at W.G Ball we would like to offer all members of the Guild of Enamellers a 10% discount on all Jewellery enamels, Wet Process enamels and leadfree painting colours. In the past we have offered discount to members on an ad hoc basis but we will now offer a constant, year round discount. When you get to the checkout point on our website you will notice that there is an area where you can input a coupon code, if members of the Guild input the code "guild", the discount will automatically be deducted.