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Winner of The 13th Annual Halstead Grant

Award giving  /  13 Sep 2018
Published: 25.10.2018
Winner of The 13th Annual Halstead Grant.
Halstead Bead
Management:
Hilary Halstead Scott, Tom Halstead, Suzie Halstead
Emily Shaffer. Necklace: Double Basket, 2018. Silver. My focus is to create jewelry that is clean, modern and versatile. It’s made to be functional and to complement the body. Using silver, I seek compositions of line and negative space. Limiting my color palette allows for a greater emphasis on the body and the linear quality of my work. My interest in contemporary jewelry and adornment fuels my will to create work that is both finely crafted, and designed for the modern day jewelry wearer.. Emily Shaffer
Necklace: Double Basket, 2018
Silver
My focus is to create jewelry that is clean, modern and versatile. It’s made to be functional and to complement the body. Using silver, I seek compositions of line and negative space. Limiting my color palette allows for a greater emphasis on the body and the linear quality of my work. My interest in contemporary jewelry and adornment fuels my will to create work that is both finely crafted, and designed for the modern day jewelry wearer.

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Intro
Emily Shaffer has won the 2018 Halstead Grant for new jewelry businesses. Emily Shaffer Studio started three years ago in Franklin, Maine and will be moving to a new location in Ellsworth, Maine in October. Emily receives a $7,500 cash grant, $1,000 in jewelry supplies, a trip to Prescott, Arizona, the cover and a feature spread in the grant publication Reveal, a feature profile and jewelry showcase in the 2019 Halstead catalog, press assistance, a detailed feedback report from the judging committee, and a signature trophy.

Emily received her B.F.A. in Crafts – Fine Metal Jewelry and B.S. in Art Education from Kutztown University, where she was selected as a student exhibitor in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Craft Show. She also received the J. Allen Pawling Craft Memorial Award, was named an American Craft Week 30 Under 30 Rising Star and was a Top 5 finalist for the 2017 Halstead Grant last year.

The Halstead Grant competition recognizes other strong entries in two divisions.
The Top 5 finalists are Emily ShafferStacy Rodgers Jewelry, Emma Elizabeth Jewelry, Lemak, Inc., and VLM Jewelry.
The Top 10 finalists are Sarah Zentz Jewelry, TIN HAUS, Elana Jovero Jewelry, Lou Jewels, and Alexandra Scarlett Jewelry.


Grant founder and Halstead President, Hilary Halstead Scott says,
She has a gift for getting all the pieces of business to work together. We were impressed with Emily’s sophisticated mix of marketing and strategy.

Guest judge Michael David Sturlin says,
This year’s winner, Emily Shaffer, has a very compelling and marketable body of work supported by a well thought out business strategy and a realistic approach that is sure to propel her forward. I am excited to see her make the next big steps in her continuing success story.

The 2018 judging committee included:
Halstead President Hilary Halstead Scott, founders Tom and Suzie Halstead, as well as Halstead’s Business Development Specialist, Kelli Vanyek Greene, and guest judge Michael David Sturlin. Sturlin is a respected goldsmith in his own right. He is a regular contributor to Jewelry Artist magazine and esteemed master workshop instructor at jewelry studios around the world.


The Halstead Grant began in 2006 as a way to bring the business plan concept to the jewelry community and encourage makers to establish clear goals and measurable steps toward self-sufficiency. The Halstead Grant application process guides participants through the elements of a complete strategy for entrepreneurship. Participants all receive general feedback from the competition jurors, with finalists receiving individual feedback reports specific to their entries.


 
Stacy Rodgers. Ring: Cluster ring, 2018. Sterling silver.. Organic sophistication is on display in my dramatic and stunning jewelry that catches the eye and draws attention to the wearers refined sense of style. I believe in the raw elegance of quality craftsmanship. That’s why each piece of jewelry I create is meticulously handcrafted. I have always been fascinated with anatomy because every line, every form, every recess has a strong refined purpose; which is the sustaining of life within an organism. The essence of my artistic voice is the highlighting of the explosive undulating lines and corresponding negative shapes within life forms across our world through excessively hand-pierced sterling silver. By creating jewelry that exposes the nuanced beauty of the various anatomy that lies with all living organisms I am making a statement on the connection within all life that we take for granted or sometimes refuse to see at all.. Stacy Rodgers
Ring: Cluster ring, 2018
Sterling silver.
Organic sophistication is on display in my dramatic and stunning jewelry that catches the eye and draws attention to the wearers refined sense of style. I believe in the raw elegance of quality craftsmanship. That’s why each piece of jewelry I create is meticulously handcrafted. I have always been fascinated with anatomy because every line, every form, every recess has a strong refined purpose; which is the sustaining of life within an organism. The essence of my artistic voice is the highlighting of the explosive undulating lines and corresponding negative shapes within life forms across our world through excessively hand-pierced sterling silver. By creating jewelry that exposes the nuanced beauty of the various anatomy that lies with all living organisms I am making a statement on the connection within all life that we take for granted or sometimes refuse to see at all.

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Emma Elizabeth. Earrings: Shoulder Length Angular Earrings, 2018. Oxidized sterling silver.. Emma Elizabeth Jewelry uses bold lines, angular organics, and dimensional geometrics to create modern elegance. The collection is designed to wow but also allow for everyday wear. Becoming a balance of vogue edginess and tranquil sophistication.. Emma Elizabeth
Earrings: Shoulder Length Angular Earrings, 2018
Oxidized sterling silver.
Emma Elizabeth Jewelry uses bold lines, angular organics, and dimensional geometrics to create modern elegance. The collection is designed to wow but also allow for everyday wear. Becoming a balance of vogue edginess and tranquil sophistication.

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Anjanette Lemak. Earrings: MaryJane, 2018. Silver. LEMAK, INC. represents understated, yet refined elegance in fine-artisan jewelry design. The work is inspired by nature with a Japanese aesthetic. It is designed by Anjanette Lemak and produced in the Heart of the Green Mountains, Rochester, Vermont, USA.. Anjanette Lemak
Earrings: MaryJane, 2018
Silver
LEMAK, INC. represents understated, yet refined elegance in fine-artisan jewelry design. The work is inspired by nature with a Japanese aesthetic. It is designed by Anjanette Lemak and produced in the Heart of the Green Mountains, Rochester, Vermont, USA.

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Vanessa Arthur. Ring: Quintet, 2018. Sterling silver, freshwater pearl.. There is a timeless elegance about the California mid-century modern aesthetic, from bold architecture and pragmatic interior design to sculptural fashions that heavily inspire my body of work. a jewelry artist, I contemplate the relationship between a modern lifestyle and timeless design. I explore how they relate to the elements of a confident personal style. Using mixed metals, textural finishes and hand forged techniques, I aim to create effortlessly chic and wearable jewelry that seamlessly complements the wardrobe of well-traveled, sophisticated women.. Vanessa Arthur
Ring: Quintet, 2018
Sterling silver, freshwater pearl.
There is a timeless elegance about the California mid-century modern aesthetic, from bold architecture and pragmatic interior design to sculptural fashions that heavily inspire my body of work. jewelry artist, I contemplate the relationship between a modern lifestyle and timeless design. I explore how they relate to the elements of a confident personal style. Using mixed metals, textural finishes and hand forged techniques, I aim to create effortlessly chic and wearable jewelry that seamlessly complements the wardrobe of well-traveled, sophisticated women.

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Sarah Zentz. Earrings: Triangle Stud, 2018. Fairmined silver, sustainably sourced abalone shell.. Sarah Zentz is a responsible, modern, and ethical jewelry brand. Fashioned from nature, using 100% sustainably sourced materials, I bring raw natural beauty to the environmentally conscious woman. You can feel good consciously and look good naturally while wearing my ethically made jewelry. My designer jewelry collection is ethically made with Fairmined Gold and Silver, recycled silver, reclaimed redwood, and sustainably sourced abalone shell. As a Fairmined Licensee, I am an advocate for responsible mining and sustainable sources for precious metals in hope of promoting responsible mining and supply chain transparency. I am committed to creating positive change through environmental responsibility and ethical sourcing practices.. Sarah Zentz
Earrings: Triangle Stud, 2018
Fairmined silver, sustainably sourced abalone shell.
Sarah Zentz is a responsible, modern, and ethical jewelry brand. Fashioned from nature, using 100% sustainably sourced materials, I bring raw natural beauty to the environmentally conscious woman. You can feel good consciously and look good naturally while wearing my ethically made jewelry. My designer jewelry collection is ethically made with Fairmined Gold and Silver, recycled silver, reclaimed redwood, and sustainably sourced abalone shell. As a Fairmined Licensee, I am an advocate for responsible mining and sustainable sources for precious metals in hope of promoting responsible mining and supply chain transparency. I am committed to creating positive change through environmental responsibility and ethical sourcing practices.

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Christine Grace. Earrings: Stillness, 2018. Sterling silver.. The way One comes to appreciate the infusion of Spirit is to merge fully into the profundity of the moment, hence the creation of my art. My work represents my dance with the unconscious mind.. Christine Grace
Earrings: Stillness, 2018
Sterling silver.

The way One comes to appreciate the infusion of Spirit is to merge fully into the profundity of the moment, hence the creation of my art. My work represents my dance with the unconscious mind.

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Elana Jovero. Ring: Elodie, 2018. 14k gold, dendritic agate.. My collections seek to represent the duality of nature; in both the softness of botanicals, offset by the hardness of crystals and gemstones. I draw inspirations from all types of sources, including the duality of nature, geometry, traditional metalsmithing techniques, and Pagan, Runic, Wiccan and Alchemy symbols. By mixing these inspirations with the soft, dainty elegance that goes hand in hand with high-end luxury jewelry, I put a modern spin on both worlds.  My work brings an alternative look to traditional elegance.
. I use non-traditional stones, such as tourmalines and sunstones, with unique cuts
. and even more unique settings. I make my heirloom quality jewelry by hand using traditional metalsmithing techniques including planishing, traditional hand fabrication, and hand-setting stones in bezels, prongs and flush settings. Artistic luxury creations for the modern human.. Elana Jovero
Ring: Elodie, 2018
14k gold, dendritic agate.
My collections seek to represent the duality of nature; in both the softness of botanicals, offset by the hardness of crystals and gemstones. I draw inspirations from all types of sources, including the duality of nature, geometry, traditional metalsmithing techniques, and Pagan, Runic, Wiccan and Alchemy symbols. By mixing these inspirations with the soft, dainty elegance that goes hand in hand with high-end luxury jewelry, I put a modern spin on both worlds.  My work brings an alternative look to traditional elegance.
I use non-traditional stones, such as tourmalines and sunstones, with unique cuts
and even more unique settings. I make my heirloom quality 
jewelry by hand using traditional metalsmithing techniques including planishing, traditional hand fabrication, and hand-setting stones in bezels, prongs and flush settings. Artistic luxury creations for the modern human.

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Shannon McRae. Bracelet: Refract Cuff, 2018. Sterling silver or polished brass.. I believe there is beauty in simplicity. Basic, simple shapes that we look at day in and day out can take on new form and new meaning, simply by shifting perspective. With each piece I create, I am attempting to remind my wearer of this.
. I find nature boundlessly inspiring in so many ways. Watching light and shadows change as we move through the year, to the way the sunlight dances off of water, is fascinating to me. Creating pieces that interact with nature, never steering too far from my love of minimalism, is at the core of Lou Jewels. This translates to highly reflective surfaces, subtle textures, and unexpected elements.
. Last but certainly not least, I am drawn to the universal language of mathematics. Geometric lines and shapes become art when viewed through the proper lens.
. Each piece of Lou Jewels jewelry is crafted by hand, through the process of fabrication. As a result, each piece is injected with the love and gratitude I feel while making it. The process of creating each piece, starting with inspiration, to the final design, to construction, to finishing is such a joyous process for me as an artist. I hope that that joy resonates with the wearers of my jewelry.. Shannon McRae
Bracelet: Refract Cuff, 2018
Sterling silver or polished brass.
I believe there is beauty in simplicity. Basic, simple shapes that we look at day in and day out can take on new form and new meaning, simply by shifting perspective. With each piece I create, I am attempting to remind my wearer of this.
I find nature boundlessly inspiring in so many ways. Watching light and shadows change as we move through the year, to the way the sunlight dances off of water, is fascinating to me. Creating pieces that interact with nature, never steering too far from my love of minimalism, is at the core of Lou Jewels. This translates to highly reflective surfaces, subtle textures, and unexpected elements.
Last but certainly not least, I am drawn to the universal language of mathematics. Geometric lines and shapes become art when viewed through the proper lens.
Each piece of Lou Jewels 
jewelry is crafted by hand, through the process of fabrication. As a result, each piece is injected with the love and gratitude I feel while making it. The process of creating each piece, starting with inspiration, to the final design, to construction, to finishing is such a joyous process for me as an artist. I hope that that joy resonates with the wearers of my jewelry.

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Alexandra Scarlett. Earrings: Pearl Thread Earring, 2018. Gold vermeil, Freshwater pearl.. I am engaged by the transformation that occurs when I allow the materials to direct the process and influence the outcome. Every piece I create is a “sibling” of the previous, creating a cohesive line through the resulting enlightenment within every process. As a contemporary jeweler I am interested in exploring non-traditional materials in jewelry as a means to create ambiguous metaphors for social standard and ideals. By creating minimal and edgy jewelry with clean lines and a pinch of humor and playfulness, I encourage individuality through style and empower women.. Alexandra Scarlett
Earrings: Pearl Thread Earring, 2018
Gold vermeil, Freshwater pearl.
I am engaged by the transformation that occurs when I allow the materials to direct the process and influence the outcome. Every piece I create is a “sibling” of the previous, creating a cohesive line through the resulting enlightenment within every process. As a contemporary jeweler I am interested in exploring non-traditional materials in jewelry as a means to create ambiguous metaphors for social standard and ideals. By creating minimal and edgy jewelry with clean lines and a pinch of humor and playfulness, I encourage individuality through style and empower women.

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