Davenport, FL – – Halstead is proud to announce that Sculpturings entrepreneur Rebecca Rose of Davenport, FL is the winner of the 8th annual Halstead Grant competition for new silver jewelry designers. She will receive $5,000 in cash and $1,000 in jewelry supplies in addition to other prize package benefits.
“Upon hearing the news, to say chills ran up and down my body is an understatement. It was in that very moment I realized the Halstead Grant will flip the switch from sketches into pieces, from dreams into realities,” said Rose.
Rose studied metalsmithing at Northern Arizona University but pursued another career in the arts after graduating. She recently returned to the jewelry studio to launch her line of Sculpturings.
The cast rings are sculpted from found object components and original elements to interpret social issues or current events. Creations are named by pairing relevant words with the word “ring,” usually as a suffix. An example is her piece entitled “Acquiring” which depicts American materialism and the credit crisis.
Each ring is a large statement piece that can be worn as jewelry or displayed as art. Rose releases some as unique pieces, and some as limited editions available in sterling silver or bronze. Silver rings are currently limited to runs of ten pieces and are sold with cloche display cases and certificates of authenticity for collectors. Sterling prices range from $500 – $1,200. Bronze rings are limited to 50 per design and cost $150 each. Rings are sold online and through galleries on both coasts.
“Rebecca’s collection has that rare wow factor. It is incredibly unique. Her cohesive body of work and strategy bridge the gap between art sculptures and wearable accessories,” commented Halstead Grant coordinator Hilary Scott.
The Halstead Grant competition recognizes jewelry artists who excel in both design and business preparation. Applicants are required to submit a portfolio and elements of a business plan including marketing, production capacity and financial planning information. The program is designed to encourage sound professional practices in the jewelry arts community. The application process guides candidates through several critical business issues. Analyzing those challenges helps new jewelers lay the groundwork to become successful, independent studio owners.
The grant sponsor, Halstead, provides wholesale jewelry supplies to artists around the globe. The company celebrated its 40th anniversary earlier this year. Halstead is a trusted industry source for chain, findings, metals and tools.