Recognizing Distinction in Jewelry Design
The Saul Bell Design Award is a chance for jewelers to reach for greater heights of skill and knowledge. To conceive and execute a career-defining design. To break free from constraints, expectations and precedents. To accept the challenge of a lifetime—and to be recognized around the world for excellence in jewelry design.
The Saul Bell Design Award—Recognizing distinction in jewelry design.
"I have always considered winning the Saul Bell award as a tremendous honor. Being a Saul Bell winner has been a confidence builder and the recognition for my work is uplifting. Winning this award has been and will always be a touchstone for me."
—Ivy Solomon, First Place in Metal Clay (2015)
The judges of the Saul Bell Design Award competition bring a broad range of perspectives from across the jewelry industry. They are accomplished and respected bench jewelers and designers, editors at leading industry publications, and experts in their craft. The first judging is based on the photos and descriptions submitted by entrants. In the final round, the judges will examine each finalist piece by hand and on a model.
G. Phil Poirier
G. Phil Poirier’s first press consisted of a homemade frame and a 5-ton ram. The master gem-cutter simply “needed a bigger hammer.” In 1990, Phil bought his first Bonny Doon press. Since then he’s been creating phenomenal vessels and jewelry—small, intricate, seamless works of art, created with inventiveness, energy and the strong arm of machinery. Today, Phil is the owner/operator of Bonny Doon Engineering in Taos, New Mexico, where he oversees the development of the finest hydraulic presses and tooling systems for the jewelry industry. His tenure at Bonny Doon is informed by 40 years of working as a designer, craftsman and engineer.
Jim Tuttle is the founder and president of Green Lake Jewelry Works. He's been a bench jeweler, designer and CAD modeler, as well as an early adopter and proponent of CAD/CAM, online custom design and customer-experience-based retailing. Jim has spoken or presented at many industry events, including The Smart Jewelry Show, MJSA Expo, JCK Las Vegas, Seattle Metals Guild and Gemvision Symposiums. He is also on the MJSA Custom Jewelry Advisory Council. Green Lake Jewelry Works is one of the largest custom jewelry shops open to the public, with over 50 jewelry artists in one location. They were chosen as "Coolest Big Jewelry Store" by INSTORE magazine in 2012 and are members of AGTA and MJSA. Green Lake is often referred to as a model for the custom jewelry business of the future.
Karen Lorene is owner of Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery in Seattle, Washington. Karen became a Senior Member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers in 1995 and served as an appraiser on “Antiques Roadshow” from 1996 to 2002. With over 42 years of retail experience, Karen promotes jewelry arts through numerous exhibitions, publications, lectures and events. In her free time, Karen has authored and published five books, as well as a yearly literary magazine for the past 11 years. In the rest of her free time, she has served on the boards of Jewelry Historians, Artists Unlimited, Pratt Fine Arts Center (Seattle), Artists Trust, and The Society of North American Goldsmiths.
Teresa Frye is the owner and president of TechForm Advanced Casting Technology. In the early 1990s, her firm introduced high-temperature casting methods from the aerospace industry to jewelry manufacturing. A leading expert on jewelry casting and a prolific researcher, she has published technical papers and articles worldwide and speaks frequently at industry conferences in the United States and Europe. Her pioneering research on hot isostatic pressing led to a process now being embraced nationally by jewelry manufacturers. Today, TechForm provides platinum castings to many of the top jewelry brands. Her publications have appeared in the Platinum Metals Review, the Santa Fe Symposium on Jewelry Manufacturing Technology, the Jewelry Technology Forum, MJSA Journal and JCK magazine. She founded the Portland Jewelry Symposium in 2008, an annual educational conference that specifically serves the needs of manufacturing retailers.
Since he started his business in 1984, Jeffrey Herman has built an international reputation of quality craftsmanship with a special sensitivity toward the finishing of every piece. He has repaired, reconstructed and hand-polished everything from historically important tankards, tea services and tureens to disposal-damaged and dishwasher-dulled flatware. He began his life as a silversmith in 1976 while in high school and went on to earn a BFA degree in silversmithing and jewelry making from Maine College of Art. Jeffrey has held positions at Gorham as a designer, sample maker and technical illustrator, as well as Pilz Ltd., where he created ecclesiastical ware and learned the fine art of restoration. Jeffrey founded the Society of American Silversmiths in 1989 to preserve and promote this beautiful art form.
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