Month: March 2011

SOFA NYC 2011: jewelry as art

As I mentioned last year, SOFA (Sculptural Objects Functional Art) has come to represent the apex of craft and art, where skilled handwork intersects with wild creativity. SOFA began in Chicago and that show, held in November, is still the…

Student NICHE award winners

Buyers Market of American Craft applies the same high standards to the student entries to the NICHE Awards, with one exception. They don’t have to show “market viability.” In other words, student artists are encouraged to let their imaginations run…

NICHE award-winning jewelry

Here is some of the charming, inventive and beautifully-crafted jewelry that won NICHE Awards this year from the Buyers Market of American Craft. These winners in the professional categories were chosen for technical excellence, originality, creativity and market viability. Top…

Jewelry exhibits in Europe in 2011

European museums have the entire history of jewelry on view this year, from ancient Italy and Afghanistan through the Austrian Renaissance to 20th-century Oman. You can even peek at the Fabergé collection in Buckingham Palace this summer.

Lucie Heskett-Brem: gold weaver, snake charmer

Lucie Heskett-Brem makes chains, but not as we’ve come to know them. She makes chains Old World-style: hand-crafted, luxury items in high-karat gold. Her chains are carried by galleries like Aaron Faber of New York and Bentley & Skinner of…