Recognizing Distinction in Jewelry Design
The Saul Bell Design Award is a chance for jewelers to reach for greater heights of skill and knowledge. To conceive and execute a career-defining design. To break free from constraints, expectations and precedents. To accept the challenge of a lifetime—and to be recognized around the world for excellence in jewelry design.
The Saul Bell Design Award—Recognizing distinction in jewelry design.
"I have always considered winning the Saul Bell award as a tremendous honor. Being a Saul Bell winner has been a confidence builder and the recognition for my work is uplifting. Winning this award has been and will always be a touchstone for me."
—Ivy Solomon, First Place in Metal Clay (2015)
The judges of the Saul Bell Design Award competition bring a broad range of perspectives from across the jewelry industry. They are accomplished and respected bench jewelers and designers, editors at leading industry publications, and experts in their craft. The first judging is based on the photos and descriptions submitted by entrants. In the final round, the judges will examine each finalist piece by hand and on a model.
Michael Good is an industry pioneer in the metalworking technique of anticlastic raising, his designs primarily focused on moving the metal into simple forms. His work is sold in some of the most prestigious national and international galleries and jewelry stores. A student, volunteer and educator, Michael encourages passing on knowledge about metalsmithing, listening to what others can offer and recognizing individual strengths that enhance creative development. He has won several prestigious awards, including those presented by Intergold, Diamonds Today and Diamonds International. Michael has held various positions and organizational membership with MJSA, MCA, SNAG and Gruppe ASPECTS, and he is one of the founding members of the American Jewelry Design Council.
Debbie Sheezel is an internationally recognized enamelist specializing in cloisonné on silver and gold. She has created large enamel bowls as gifts from the Australian government to visiting dignitaries, pieces of wearable art commissioned for private collections and a large-scale mural—"Daintree"—prominently displayed in the arrivals hall of the Brisbane International Airport. An artist, an enamelist and a jeweler for the past 45 years, Debbie remains passionate about exploring the brilliance and intensity of color and pushing boundaries in a medium with strict rules for a perfect finish. Debbie is a council member as well as having served as secretary for the Gold and Silversmiths Guild of Australia. In 2016 she won first place in the enamel category in the Saul Bell Design Award competition for her double butterfly necklace, "On The Wing."
Kaminer Haislip renders a fluent balance between aesthetic and function in her silver designs created in her downtown Charleston, South Carolina studio. Her handcrafted original household and jewelry pieces have been commissioned for private collections and featured in many publications including Metalsmith, Eidé, Elle Decor, Garden & Gun, Southern Living and Charleston Weddings. Kaminer has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, winning such awards as the 2014 Samuel Gaillard Stoney Conservation Craftsmanship Award, the 2012 Made in the South Award (Home category of Garden & Gun magazine) and the 2011 Eric Berg Prize for Excellence in Metal. In 2015 she collaborated with Reese Witherspoon's Southern lifestyle company, Draper James, on a silver bowl. Kaminer has taught several classes and workshops at Winthrop University and was honored with the 2014 Faculty Leadership Award from the Art Institute of Charleston.
Largely self-taught, having never apprenticed under a master, Kent Raible is recognized as one of the leading studio master goldsmiths in the nation. Kent's iconic designs are fabricated using an ancient technique incorporating beautiful gemstones with gold granulation. His work is featured in the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Oakland Museum of California and has been commissioned for several private and public collections. Kent is a co-owner of Golden Sphere Studios, a lecturer, an educator, a winner of many national and international awards and a member of the American Jewelry Design Council. Over the past year, Kent has been cutting some of his own gemstones using the equipment he received from Rio Grande as part of his prize for winning two Saul Bell Design Awards in 2015—"From the Deep" (Gold/Platinum) and "The Pregnant Chalice" (Hollowware).
Mark Mann, a 40-year veteran of the jewelry industry, is the GIA senior director of Global Jewelry Manufacturing Arts. Mark’s impressive background includes experience in jewelry retail, production manufacturing and manufacturing education environments. He works domestically and internationally planning, developing, implementing and evaluating GIA’s education programs, which serve local markets and target audiences alike. Mark has published numerous trade and technical articles, been a frequent industry speaker, and is the 2006 recipient of the Technology Award from the Santa Fe Symposium®. Mark is a returnee to this competition, having judged the first ever Saul Bell Design Award competition in 2001.
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