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Congratulations to all the 2018 finalists!


Bead&Button magazine and are pleased to announce the winners and finalists of the inaugural International Metal Jewelry Artistry Award. 

This is a new award, launched in 2018 as a companion to our BeadDreams Jewelry Artistry Competition. Designed to draw attention to metal and wire artistry, this juried competition drew entries from around the world. The category was judged in 2018 by master metalsmithing instructors Michael David Sturlin and James Carter and former Art Jewelry magazine editor Hazel Wheaton. A Grand Award and an Honorable Mention were awarded in both the Metal and Wire categories. 


There was also a special category, Student Metal and Wire. The Student category was open to any student enrolled full-time or part-time in any educational program with the intent to obtain a degree or certification. 


All finalists were invited to send their pieces, which were displayed throughout the weekend at the 2018 Bead&Button Show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Awards were announced live on June 8, 2018,  during the Bead&Button Show. 


We are pleased to announce the following winners.

It is also a pleasure to acknowledge the finalists who had their work displayed at the 2018 Bead&Button Show. 

Melissa Lee (USA) Stargazy
Melissa Lovingood (USA) Chased Brooch With Found Steel
Dawna Gillespie (USA) Liberation
Lucila Nassau (USA) Orion Nebula
Rodica Frunze (Canada) The Gathering
Deborah Vivas (USA) Dawning Brooch
Mary Karg (USA) Woodland Bouquet
Christopher Diano (USA) 1776

Lynn Whitt (USA) Fibonacci's Revenge
Kimberly Newman (USA) Monarch Migration
Stacie Ellis (USA) Rumpelstiltskin
Kaelin Cordis (USA) Turbulent Waters
Maria Richmond (USA) Windswept
Student Metal and Wire
Ger Xiong (USA)   Earnest Relic
Kim Wonhee (USA) Phantom
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