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Spring 2014

Features:

Backing Into Bridal

Customers’ quest for the personalized and unique puts every gallery in the wedding business. By Karol V. Menzie.

Art Jewelry 2014: Show Stoppers

Fine designs, elegantly crafted, from a dozen master jewelers. By Hope Daniels.

Art Jewelry 2014: Fashion Flirts

Designers mix and match materials in these 12 trendsetting pieces. By Hope Daniels.

Table of Contents

On the Cover: Silver Inlaid Ebony Triangle Bracelet, by Suzanne Lindquist of Junction City, Ore., was the winner in the professional Jewelry: Alternative Materials category of the 2014 NICHE Awards. Lindquist also won first place for her Inlaid Drop and Toggle Pendant in the Jewelry: Silver category.
Backing into Bridal
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Sometimes it’s the customers who let you know what business you’re in. Paul and Paula Coben of Gallery Five in Tequesta, Fla., discovered they were in the wedding business when their extensive art-to-wear collection became a must-stop for women whose ...Read More »
Art Jewelry 2014: Show Stoppers
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Fine design, elegantly crafted, never goes out of style. Check out these examples from a dozen master jewelers.     ...Read More »
Art Jewelry 2014: Fashion Flirts
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Contemporary jewelry designers mix and match materials in these 12 trendsetting pieces.     ...Read More »
A NICHE Awards Night to Remember
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In a time-honored tradition that’s taken place every winter since 1990, finalists, supporters, students and friends gathered with Buyers Market of American Craft show attendees to take part in the 25th annual NICHE Awards ceremony in Philadelphia on Jan. 18. ...Read More »
Editor’s Letter: Designed to Astonish
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The NICHE Awards never fail to surprise me. Year after year I’ve played an active role in sorting out winners from the thousands of entries NICHE magazine receives over the course of each annual competition, and I’ve yet to see ...Read More »
What’s New: Spouting Off
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Very few utilitarian forms have inspired such heights of creativity as the teapot. Although each artist may start out with the same basic shape, the final interpretations almost ensure that no two are alike. Teapots are also a natural collectible. ...Read More »
Artist Profile: Kent Epler
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What do crazy-quilt fabrics, roller skates, tiaras, fuel cans, croquet mallets and funky jewelry have in common? They set fiber sculptor Kent Epler’s  mental “Rolodex of ideas” spinning. “Inspiration can come from anywhere,” he says. “The most unlikely finds can ...Read More »
Artist Profile: Laurie Pollpeter Eskenazi
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“My influences have always been personal,” says ceramic artist Laurie Pollpeter Eskenazi. “Since I was young, women’s traditional handcrafted work has intrigued me. My grandmother’s house was filled with doilies, needlework and hand tatted lace, and each piece came with ...Read More »
Pantone’s Color of the Year? Radiant Orchid
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It’s spring, the time for flowers and imaginations to bloom. Watch for fashions and accessories to arrive in purples, because Pantone has declared Radiant Orchid as its official 2014 Color of the Year. ...Read More »
Market Calendar
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A comprehensive listing of wholesale trade shows—happening now through August 2014. ...Read More »
Meet the Team Behind the New NICHE Award
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The 2014 NICHE Awards handed to winners this January had a distinctly different look from those of previous years, thanks to the versatile team of Joel Bless and Candace Luke-Bless. ...Read More »
What’s Trending on the BMAC Show Floor
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A Giftware News team scouted the January Buyers Market of American Craft show in Philadelphia for signs of new trends and designs. Here’s a Top 10 list of what they think customers will be looking for the next time they ...Read More »