Halstead is calling for entries to the 2014 Halstead Grant competition. The Halstead Grant is awarded each summer to a new independent jewelry artist working primarily in silver. The winner receives a prize package including $5,000 cash for their business start-up, $1,000 in jewelry supplies and recognition in the industry.
To be eligible jewelers should have begun an independent silver jewelry line within the last three years. Jewelry can be made using any jewelry making technique such as metalsmithing, casting, metal clay, wire work or beading. Any component materials can be used but the artist’s line should be primarily silver. This competition is open to US citizens with studios in the United States.
Complete application details can be found on The Halstead Grant website. Candidates are required to submit a design portfolio, résumé and answers to several business planning questions. Applications may be submitted between April 15 and June 9, 2014.
The grant sponsor, Halstead, is one of North America’s leading distributors of jewelry supplies. The firm is celebrating their 41st anniversary this year. Halstead specializes in wholesale findings, chain, tools and metals for jewelry artists.