2011 NICHE Award Winners Announced

Artists in 38 professional and 13 student categories were
honored recently in the 2011 NICHE Awards, held in Philadelphia during
the Buyers Market of
American Craft
,
organized by the Rosen Group, which also
publishes NICHE magazine for
independent? retailers
of American craft.

The annual NICHE Awards ceremony, held February 18, 2011, and sponsored
by NICHE magazine, took place at the
Pennsylvania Convention? Center and included the presentation of the
sixth
annual Arts Educator of? the Year award to Lynda LaRoche, associate
professor of
jewelry and metals at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana,
Penn.

Professional and student craft artists submitted nearly
1,600 entries for ?the 2011 competition. In December 2010, NICHE
magazine
announced 179 ?professional and 67 student finalists, who were invited
to
display? their work at the Buyers Market. Entries were judged on
technical
excellence in surface design and in form, unique, original and creative
thought, and market viability (professional entries only). Winners will
be
featured in the spring 2011 ?issue of NICHE
magazine.

Jewelry award winners are noted below; for a complete list
across all categories, log onto nicheawards.com.

 

Student Winners 

Fashion Accessories

Madeline Salsich

Sol Solis Quo Luna,
Madeline Salsich, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Jewelry: Fashion

Bonsang Cho

Night Blossom Brooch,
Bongsang Cho, Savannah College of Art and Design

Andrew Kuebeck

Finally Coming Home,
Andrew Kuebeck, University of Indiana

Jewelry: Fine

Youngjoo Yoo

The Laurel, Youngjoo
Yoo, University of Iowa

Jewelry: Sculpture to
Wear

Young Eun Tammy Kim

Untitled, Young
Eun Tammy Kim, California State University–Long Beach

Sarah West

Patterns of Being,
Sarah West, East Carolina University

 

Professional Winners

Fashion Accessories

Arden Bardol

The Timepiece Belt
Buckle
, Arden Bardol, Dover,
Del.

Leyla Navab

Red Tulip Shawl, Leyla
Navab
, Los Angeles, Calif.

Home Furnishings:
Clocks

Roger Wood

Clock in Glass Box, Roger
Wood
, Hamilton, Ont.

Jewelry: Fashion

Swing, Wiwat
Kamolpornwijit
, Alexandria, Va.

Jewelry: Fine

Erik Stewart

Fluted, Erik
Stewart
, Tucson, Ariz.

Jewelry: Gold

Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez

Mother’s Brooch, Juan
Carlos Caballero-Perez
, Henrietta, N.Y.

Jason Dow

Mandala Ring #2, Jason
Dow
, Honolulu

Jewelry: Gold with
Stones

Sadie Wang

Circle Disk Brooch With Gold and Pearl, Sadie Wang,
Silver Point, Tenn.

Jewelry: Sculpture to
Wear

Kevin O'Grady

Oceanic Bangle
Bracelet
, Kevin O’Grady, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Jewelry: Silver

Genevieve Yang

Lunar Cycle Necklace,
Genevieve Yang, Santa Rosa,
Calif.

Jewelry: Silver with
Stones

Patricia Tschetter

Daisy Diamond Stem,
Patricia Tschetter, Dallas

Jewelry: Wedding

Etienne Perret

Orange Diamond Ceramic
Engagement Ring
, Etienne
Perret
, Camden, Maine