Largely self-taught, having never apprenticed under a master, Kent Raible is recognized as one of the leading studio master goldsmiths in the nation. Kent's iconic designs are fabricated using an ancient technique incorporating beautiful gemstones with gold granulation. His work is featured in the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Oakland Museum of California and has been commissioned for several private and public collections. Kent is a co-owner of Golden Sphere Studios, a lecturer, an educator, a winner of many national and international awards and a member of the American Jewelry Design Council. Over the past year, Kent has been cutting some of his own gemstones using the equipment he received from Rio Grande as part of his prize for winning two Saul Bell Design Awards in 2015—"From the Deep" (Gold/Platinum) and "The Pregnant Chalice" (Hollowware).