They certainly made a splash. Interweave’s new Jewelry, Bead and Gem Arts Awards were launched to inspire jewelry artists of all kinds to dig deep, have fun, and show off their best efforts. It appears many of you did just that.
ABOVE: Detail of Fancy Guppy, pendant, by Jill Tower, Grand Prize Winner; stone carving by Jonathan Numer; photo: Cole Rodger
Presented by Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist and Beadwork magazines, the competition was open to any maker/designer working in traditional and other materials using any techniques. In addition to one Grand Prize, prizes were also awarded in four divisions: Jewelry, Bead; Jewelry, Non-Bead; Gems; and Other Non-Jewelry Objects.
We’ve already given you a sneak peek of our Notables: work we just had to share even though these pieces didn’t make the final cut. And we announced the winners of an Honorable Mention a couple of weeks ago. Now we’re ready to pull back the curtain and show you the division and grand prize winners.
Congratulations to the Jewelry, Bead and Gem Arts Awards Winners!
Jill Tower, Grand Prize
Debbie Benninger, Jewelry, Non-bead
John Dyer, Gems
Edgar Lopez, Jewelry, Bead
Cairn Aran, Non-Jewelry Object
Take Another Look
You’ll find more about these winners in the upcoming Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist November/December 2020 and Beadwork December 2020/January 2021.
Thank you to everyone who answered our challenge and joined in. We hope to see even more of you enter next year — details coming soon!
Merle White is Editor-in-Chief of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist.