Talented jewelry designer, Valerie Heck, over the last year has placed as a finalist in both The Halstead Grant and in the 2015 Niche Awards.
Valerie’s professional jewelry career began just outside of Baltimore, MD at Towson University where she graduated summa cum laude as the first recipient in the metalsmithing honors program. Valerie didn’t stop there, she followed this distinct honor by attending the New Approach School for Jewelers where she studied under master goldsmith Blaine Lewis to complete the Graduate Bench Jeweler Program.
Valerie has been featured in several magazines including JQ, American Style and Art Jewelry as well as being featured in the book “Wrap, Stitch, Fold and Rivet” by Lark Books. You can purchase her jewelry through Flux Metal Arts or contact her through her website at VAH Jewelry.
It is that time of year again!
Halstead is calling for entries to the annual Halstead Grant, which will be awarded this summer. New jewelry artists working primarily in silver are invited to apply. The winner will receive $5,000 in cash for their business start-up, $1,000 in jewelry supplies, and recognition in the industry. Applications are due June 9, 2015.
Eligible jewelers should have launched their businesses within the last one to three years. All design techniques are welcome including metalsmithing fabrication, casting, metal clay, wire work, or beading. The competition is open to US citizens with studios in the country.
Complete application details can be found on The Halstead Grant website. Candidates are required to submit a design portfolio, resume, and answers to several business planning questions.