Illustrated Enamel Jewelry: Halstead Grant Top 10 Finalist Nicolette Absil

Halstead Grant 2015 Top 10 Finalist Nicolette Absil Studio combines delicate, hand-drawn illustrations with traditional vitreous enameling techniques to make one-of-a-kind art jewelry.

Nicolette Absil at a show

Halstead Grant 2015 Top 10 Finalist Nicolette Absil Studio combines delicate, hand-drawn illustrations with traditional vitreous enameling techniques to make one-of-a-kind art jewelry.

Nicolette is a full-time studio jeweler who sells her work nationally at fine art shows and galleries.
Herbaceous Peony Necklace by Nicolette Absil
She says, “The strongest motivation behind doing what I do is creating well-crafted, long lasting future heirlooms. I want to create the next generation of collectors.”
Nicolette begins by fusing enamel to a form. Then, she draws delicate illustrations onto the surface and fires the piece again to fuse the layers together. The image becomes a permanent part of the glass.
Cheddar Pink Neckpiece by Nicolette Absil
She fabricates sterling settings for the enamel pieces. The settings are unique, with many of the jewelry designs featuring decorative elements on the back.

Wilted Peony Necklace by Nicolette Absil

Nicolette received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Studio Art with a concentration in Metals/Jewelry and a minor in Art History from Rowan University. She’s a two-time finalist for the Halstead Grant, Saul Bell Award Finalist and a juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. See more of Nicolette’s work at www.NicoletteAbsil.com.
 
2015 Halstead Grant Finalists
The Halstead Grant competition began in 2006 to inspire the pursuit of excellence in design and business practices in the jewelry arts community. Applicants must submit a design portfolio in addition to elements of a successful business plan including marketing strategy, production capacity and financial analysis. Now in its 11th year, the 2016 Halstead Grant is bigger and better than ever!
Meet the winner of the 2015 Halstead Grant, Samantha Skelton.
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  • It makes me think of new ways to incorporate color into my jewelry design. Enamel can be added in just the areas desired.

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