In October, 200 participants each received the same 44-piece kit of sterling silver, copper, and brass supplies. They were required to use at least half the kit materials plus a found object. Part of the fun is identifying the same kit pieces that appear throughout the exhibition. How many can you find?
This year’s theme is Hidden. Compartments, enclosures, hidden treasures. Makers were encouraged to play with the ideas of secrecy and mystery. The challenge inspiration was as follows: Show us your best mechanisms, fabrication techniques and creative use of a found object -- all brought to life as a brooch or convertible pendant! And to make it more interesting: incorporate a surprising element for the viewer to discover.
All revenue from the kit sales benefited SNAG. Proceeds from the sales of finished jewelry during this online exhibition will be split between the artist and SNAG. All pieces shown below are available for sale and can be purchased through the website. Click on each image to see detail photos and a video unveiling of the surprise element of each design.
1st Place - Jill Tower for Koi Fish
2nd Place - Stacy Rodgers for Reliquary to the One in Eight
3rd Place - Corin Herzog for Keeping It Hidden
- Becky McDonah for The Secret of the Old Clock
- Blake Terzini for Obscured Osteology
- Rachel Stork Stoltz for Trinacria
Hilary Halstead Scott
Scott is the President of Halstead, a wholesale supplier of jewelry chain and materials that was established in 1973. The family owned and operated firm supplies thousands of jewelry artists around the globe. Scott is passionate about helping small jewelry businesses and entrepreneurs. To that end, she founded the Halstead Grant in 2005. The Halstead Grant is a business development program that awards start-up cash and recognition to an emerging jewelry artist each year. The rigorous application process is designed to encourage sound business practices in the jewelry industry. Scott has an MBA and a Masters in International Management. She worked in Madrid, Spain prior to returning to the family business. She is an active member of SNAG and the Women Presidents Organization.
Jim Bové is a practicing artist, educator and former board member of SNAG. He has organized and curated several international exhibitions and lectures between the United States and Japan, including the cross-cultural exchange, Metalsmiths Linking. He recently completed an artist residency in Portugal where he explored landscape inspired forms. Jim’s artwork was selected for Metalsmith magazine’s Exhibition in Print, ‘Fresh’. His artwork has been featured in several books, Humor in Craft, 500 Art Necklaces, On Body and Soul: Contemporary Armor to Amulets and most recently in Cast. His artwork resides in collections in the United States, Japan and was awarded Honorable Mention in the Cheongju Craft Biennale, South Korea and was accepted into Schmuck as well as being exhibited in the Taiwan International Metals Crafts Competition.
Martin created the online social network CRAFTHAUS in 2008 to foster camaraderie and professional exchange within the international craft community. As the site’s editor she connects the membership with the larger craft world, while offering a place to show work and discuss thoughts and ideas about craft. Martin founded a Craft Think Tank in 2011 and continues to organize the annual convenings in cooperation with the American Craft Council. Martin published Humor in Craft, which won the FINALIST award at the 2012 USA Best Book Awards and a Gold Medal at the Independent Publisher Book Awards in 2013. Martin curates and juries exhibitions nationally and she is a regularly contributing writer for American Craft Magazine. Martin is president of SNAG and a public speaker on topics of social networking, online community, artist development and art entrepreneurship.