Thursday, 20 July 2017

Saul Bell Awards 2017 - metal clay winner made with bronze clay!

I love the Saul Bell Design Award, an annual prize for jewellery design. All of the finalist's work is jaw-dropping so it's well worth a look.
As part of the the awards there are nine categories including metal clay. The winner this year in the metal clay category is Cindy Miller for her necklace called Cultivated Woodland. It is made from bronze clay and pearls. You can find an interview of her here where she talks more about how she made the piece and what inspired her.

Cindy Miller - Cultivated woodland necklace
In second place was this gorgeous piece by Liz Sabol. Liz has shared some of her process in this interview with Creative Fire.

Liz Sabol - Cheshire Cat
The runners up were

Iwona Tamborska
Helen Sang

Wendy Wallin Mallnow

The big news for 2018 is that they are no longer going to have a specific metal clay category. I think this is a shame as I have always looked forward to seeing the fantastic work on show. However, the organisers of the award have said that metal clay entries can still be made in their new categories and that this signals that metal clay is no longer something different but accepted as a material in jewellery making rather than something separate which I think is a positive step.

Which is your favourite piece?

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