Saul Bell Award Winners

This year's winners of the fourth annual Saul Bell Design Competition, sponsored by Rio Grande, Albuquerque, N.M., were honored during The JCK Show ~ Las Vegas. Designed to "challenge designers to unleash their imagination and create innovative designs," according to Rio Grande, the contest honored 10 winners across five categories—Gold/Platinum, Silver, Beads, Precious Metal Clay, and Hollowware. Additionally, three people received Honorable Mention awards. This year's grand-prize winner is Elizabeth Gualtieri, Zaffiro, Portland, Ore. Her creation, "La Floraliere," in gold and platinum, features a blue pearl from Australia. Gualtieri received a $10,000 Rio Grande gift certificate for her accomplishment. (All award-winning designers also received limited-edition sculptures from New Mexico glass artist John Healey.) Other first-place winners, who received $2,500 Rio Grande gift cert
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