Last updateTue, 06 Nov 2018 9pm

Rio Grande announces 2014 Saul Bell Design Award competition finalists


Drawing on years of experience and a lifelong passion for making jewelry, judges Lorna Durgham, Yvonne M. Padilla, Stephanie Johnstone, Neil Bell and Jeannine Daniels selected the five entries in each category that best exhibit imagination, design innovation and style. The designs selected as finalists now move on to the final round of judging, with winners to be announced - and celebrated - at an awards ceremony to be held on May 18 during the Santa Fe Symposium, in Albuquerque, NM.

The finalists selected in the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award competition are:


  • Igor Salnikov of Ekaterinburg, Russian Federation
  • Eva Martin of Brookline, Massachusetts
  • Nuttapon Yongkiettakul of Bangkok, Thailand
  • Andrea Koenig-Carnahan of Louisville, Kentucky
  • Neda Ghadir of Savannah, Georgia  


Silver/Argentium® Silver

  • Chelsea Fay of Rochester, New York
  • Apeksha Mehta of New York City, New York
  • Vahe Ghazarian of Boston, Massachusetts
  • Valerie Coulson of Pequea, Pennsylvania
  • Bruce Hartman of Carlisle, Pennsylvania


Metal Clay

  • Anna Mazon of Kraków, Poland
  • lona Pileika of Waterbury, Connecticut
  • Linda Kaye-Moses of Dalton, Massachusetts
  • Helga van Leipsig of Beesel, Netherlands
  • Christi Anderson of Marana, Arizona



  • Merry-Lee Rae of Freedom, California
  • Marcus Synnot of Mt. Claremont, Australia
  • Nicolette Absil of Mantua, New Jersey
  • Ryu-Hee Kim of Lubbock, Texas
  • Artem Kutyrev of Ekaterinburg, Russian Federation


Hollowware/Art Object

  • Diana Solis of Mexico City, Mexico
  • Aleksandr Maryaskin of Yorktown, Virginia
  • Llyn Strelau of Calgary, Canada
  • Brian Gisi of Denver, Colorado
  • Sue Aygarn Kowalski of Carver, Massachusetts  


Alternative Metal/Material

  • Zoltan David of Bee Cave, Texas
  • Janet Huddie of Crownsville, Maryland
  • Cecilia Capisano of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Elysha Roberts of Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts
  • Joe Korth of Denver, Colorado

All entries in the Saul Bell Design Award competition are the original design of the designer who enters them. Competition categories are:

New this year - Alternative Metal/Material: The predominant material is any metal or material not covered in other categories, such as base metals, reactive metals, resin, glass, wood, textiles or found objects.

Gold/Platinum: The predominant metal is gold or a metal of the platinum group.

Silver/Argentium® Silver: The predominant metal is fine, sterling or Argentium® Silver or any combination.

Metal Clay: The predominant material is silver, gold, bronze or copper metal clay.

Enamel: The predominant surface material is enamel applied to any type of metal.

Hollowware/Art Object: Includes vessels and non-wearable objects made of precious metal.

First place winners in each category of the Saul Bell Design Award receive a $2,000 Rio Grande gift certificate and other prizes. Second place winners receive a $1,000 Rio Grande gift certificate and other prizes.

Established in 2001 as a tribute to master bench jeweler and Rio Grande founder Saul Bell, the Saul Bell Design Award competition honors Mr. Bell’s spirit and life’s work through robust competition among jewelers and designers from around the world. In each of six categories, entries are judged for creativity, originality, functionality, quality and attention to detail. Past years’ winning entries may be seen at www.saulbellaward.com.

For information about the Saul Bell Design Award competition, please call 800-952-6222, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit www.saulbellaward.com.