Erica Bello Wins the 9th Annual Halstead Grant



Forty-year-old jewelry supplier Halstead has announced the winner of its 9th annual Halstead Grant competition, which recognizes artists who excel in both design and business preparation.

Erica Bello of Rochester, N.Y., earned the recognition for her industrial-chic geometric and oxidized silver designs influenced by architecture. Bello receives $5,000 in cash and $1,000 in jewelry supplies, as well as a few other prizes. The designer acquired her BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2011 and worked as a bench jeweler for a large national jewelry retailer before debuting her own line, which ranges in retail price from $105 to $445. Find her at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show November 6–9 and at the American Craft Council Show in Baltimore February 18–19, 2015.