NICHE Award Winners Honored

PHILADELPHIA (February 17, 2013) – Forty studio artists and 18 college students from the U.S. and Canada are winners this year of the prestigious 2013 NICHE Awards for excellence in fine craft design.

The contest is sponsored by NICHE Magazine, a trade publication for retailers of artist-made and American-made products.

The NICHE Awards program recognizes the creative achievements of professional and student artists based in the U.S. and Canada.

From close to 1,000 entries, the judges selected 40 artworks made by the professionals and 18 by students to receive top honors. More than 200 artists and their family members gathered Saturday night for the announcement at the Buyers Market of American Craft, a wholesale trade show of art, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

During the ceremonies, NICHE magazine also honored a jewelry design instructor, Tomoyuki Chie Teratani, of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, by naming him the 2013 NICHE Arts Educator of the Year.

Nominated by the student contest entrants, the candidates are teachers who are revered for the quality of their instruction and the generosity of their mentoring.

The complete list of 2013 NICHE Award winners is as follows:


PROFESSIONALS

CERAMICS: HAND-BUILT
Let Sleeping Wasps Lie
Amber Aguirre
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

CERAMICS: MOLDED
Tint
Peter Pincus
Penfield, N.Y.

FASHION ACCESSORIES
Egyptian Blue Shibori Shawl
Izabela Sauer
Vancouver, B.C.

FIBER: ART QUILTS
Window #1
Patricia Gould
Albuquerque, N.M.

FIBER: DECORATIVE
Book of the Ancients 8: Bethel Park Elementary
Jeanne Beck
Canandaigua, N.Y.

FIBER: SURFACE DESIGN
Hay Bales Study
Tracey Lawko
Toronto, Ont.

FIBER: WEARABLE
Royal Striped Scarf
Kristin Gereau
Waukesha, Wisc.

FURNITURE: CABINETRY
Ev
Danny Kamerath
Dallas, Texas

FURNITURE: TABLES AND SEATING
Fanback Sofa
Paul Sirofchuck
Ligonier, Pa.

GLASS: BLOWN
Amethyst Austral Sculpture
Danielle Blade and Stephen Gartner
Ashley Falls, Mass.

Urban
Nick Leonoff
New York, N.Y.

GLASS: CAST/SLUMPED
Gaia
Karen Bexfield
Albuquerque, N.M.

GLASS: FUSED
Amber Feathers—Inlay
Patti and Dave Hegland
Chestertown, Md.

GLASS: LAMPWORKED
Yellow & Orange Late Berkshire Summer
Clinton Smith
Hinsdale, Mass.

HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS & DECORATIONS
Mr. & Mrs. Claus
Doreen Kassel
Hopewell, N.J.

Heart Ornament
Michael Richardson, Justin Tarducci and Timothy Underwood
North Kingston, R.I.

HOME FURNISHINGS:
DECORATIVE ACCESSORIES
Gothic Spire Birdcage
Joe Diemer
Portland, Ore.

HOME FURNISHINGS:
KITCHEN, DINING, GOURMET
Sushi Set
Matt Thomas
Shock, W.V.

JEWELRY: ALTERNATIVE MATERIALS
Chiaroscuro Necklace
Sophia Georgiopoulou
Seattle, Wash.

JEWELRY: FASHION
Chocolate Dessert Rotating Ring
Aleksandra Vali
Aurora, Ill.

JEWELRY: FINE
Lace Cuff
Alison Bear
Gainesville, Ga.

JEWELRY: GOLD
The Mathematical Fingerprint of God
Ezra Satok-Wolman
Caledon, Ont.

JEWELRY: GOLD WITH STONES
Secret Garden Necklace
Liaung Chung Yen
Henrietta, N.Y.

JEWELRY: SCULPTURE TO WEAR
Tensegrity Icosahedron
Ezra Satok-Wolman
Caledon, Ont.

JEWELRY: SILVER
Every Eye Is Unique
Yuka Okane Inoue
Lake Forest, Ill.

JEWELRY: SILVER WITH STONES
Fruit of Life
Sooyoung Kim
Hopatcong, N.J.

JEWELRY: WEDDING
Promise Ring
Jacob Albee
Burlington, Vt.

JUDAICA
Torah Pointer
Melissa Lovingood
Mason City, Iowa

METAL: CAST AND HOLLOWWARE
Water Vessel Set
Brian Ferrell
Jeannette, Pa.

METAL: ENAMELED
Untitled Earrings
Sheila Beatty
Maplewood, N.J.

METAL: FABRICATED/FORGED
Journey
Marvin Shafer
Chicago, Ill.

MISCELLANEOUS & MIXED MEDIA
Foggy Boulder
Diane Chester-Demicco
Chestnut Hill, Mass.

POLYMER CLAY
Butterfly Bracelet
Wiwat Kamalpornwijit
Alexandria, Va.

RECYCLED
Balance
Tom Shields
Penland, N.C.

TEAPOTS
I’m a Little Teasnout
Meryl Ruth
Cumberland, Maine

Pear Teapot
Meg Staats
Philadelphia, Pa.

WOOD: CARVED
Oliver Twist Can’t Do This
Paul Stafford
Littleton, Colo.

WOOD: PAINTED/COLORED
The Box of Wonder
Robert Hargrave
Tallahassee, Fla.

WOOD: TRADITIONALLY JOINED
Kampa
Danny Kamerath
Dallas, Texas

WOOD: TURNED
Bamboo Vase #1261
Mike Shuler
Santa Cruz, Calif.


STUDENTS

CERAMICS: SCULPTURAL
Compromise
Rebecca Heilman
Bowling Green State University

FASHION ACCESSORIES
Secrets
Adrian Brown
Oregon College of Art and Craft

FIBER: DECORATIVE
Capillary Action
Jennifer Moss
Savannah College of Art and Design

FIBER: WEARABLE
Stories I Tell Myself, Black
Shauna Kirkland
Virginia Commonwealth University

FURNITURE
Seating for Two
Kevin Bogan
Rochester Institute of Technology

Seat for Two
Moyu Zhang
Rochester Institute of Technology

GLASS: FUNCTIONAL
Inspired by Chinese Vessels
Samuel Meketon
Appalachian Center for Craft

GLASS: SCULPTURAL
Inhalation
Alli Hoag
Alfred University

Personal Microalgae Production Units
Tom Zogas
Rochester Institute of Technology

JEWELRY: FASHION
Etched Shakudo Bangle
Melissa Kaye
Fashion Institute of Technology

JEWELRY: FINE
Frost
Makiko Maeda
Fashion Institute of Technology

JEWELRY: CONCEPTUAL
Lim(b)itless
Corrina Goutos
Savannah College of Art and Design

METAL: FUNCTIONAL
I Miss You
Ryu-Hee Kim
Texas Tech University

METAL: SCULPTURAL
Scaled Ovoid
Ben Dory
Southern Illinois University Carbondale

MIXED MEDIA
Handheld Image Viewer
Grace Gaynor
Southern Illinois University

RECYCLED
Kith & Kin
Lisa Jetonne Quintero
Solano Community College, California

TEAPOTS
Metalanguage
Mary Lynn Podiluk
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University

WOOD
That Unnamed Feeling, I Have To Set It Free
Thomas Dircksen
University of Nebraska at Kearney

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