When Isa Cucinotta was getting married, it never occurred to her to look for anything else. She wanted a ring that was “different, something with personality,” she says. A resident of Brooklyn, she spotted art jewelry in an ad for The Clay Pot on 7th Avenue in Park Slope and headed straight over. There, she fell in love with “the almost medieval aesthetic” of Barbara Heinrich’s granulation in an 18kt gold band.
Ten master jewelers combine elegant craftsmanship with signature designs to create stunning art works that never go out of style. [portfolio_slideshow]
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One of the biggest thrills of the annual NICHE Awards ceremony is the chance to mingle with the most talented of North American fine craft artists. The caliber of the winners’ work, and many winners’ profound humbleness, are equally inspiring.
In a letter to his friend the French scientist Jean-Baptiste Leroy in 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote that “in this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.” But he was wrong. For as long as anyone can remember, in both good times and bad and in every conceivable culture, people have been giving gifts to mark special occasions, with jewelry right at the top.
More formally known as Pantone 17-5641, Emerald is the Pantone Color Institute’s official 2013 Color of the Year. The optimistic new hue, it’s hoped, conjures up growth, renewal and prosperity, appropriate for an economy that seems to be on the mend. All manner of retailers, from fashion and houseware designers to fine jewelers are putting out products in the new star color.
Simon Pearce, creator of fine handcrafted functional glass and pottery tableware, is branching out with new Lifestyle product lines. The new home accent items will include the PURE collection of dramatic one-of-a-kind vessels, and a line of lamps and pendant lights that mirror some of the signature tabletop designs.
Three well-known craft artists are among those chosen to receive one of 50 USA Fellowships from United States Artists (USA), the national grant-making and advocacy organization. Artists are awarded unrestricted grants of $50,000 each.