PRESCOTT, AZ (Sept. 20, 2016): ENJI Studio Jewelry owner Niki Grandics of San Diego, California, is the recipient of the 11th annual Halstead Grant recognizing jewelry design excellence and business strategy acumen among enterprising new jewelers.
Niki Grandics wins $7500 cash; $1000 supplies; trip to Prescott, Arizona; signature Grant Finalist trophy made by 2013 Winner Rebecca Rose; cover and feature spread in the new annual grant publication Reveal; feature profile and jewelry showcase in the next printed catalog; blog and video profile; press release assistance; feedback report from the judging committee.
Niki trained at San Diego State University and GIA and was a finalist in last year’s Halstead Grant competition. Halstead President Hilary Halstead Scott says, “Niki took the dream route to prepare for life as a studio artist. She has a marketing education, a metals degree and a GIA Graduate Jeweler certification. She has all the right tools plus a distinct gift for design.”
Niki says, “It was so helpful just to set aside the time to think about the direction of my business and all of the steps it will take to actually make that happen. That’s definitely something I’ll do going forward.”
ENJI Studio Jewelry is 100% handmade using high quality, nickel-free, materials. As a member of Ethical Metalsmiths, Niki hopes to raise awareness of the need for sustainably produced, ethically made jewelry. To learn more about Ethical Metalsmiths and Fairmined gold and gems, visit EthicalMetalsmiths.org.
Halstead Grant Finalists
2016 Halstead Grant Top 5 Finalists: Kristen Baird; Nikki Nation; Olivia Shih; Studio SophiaSophia.
2016 Halstead Grant Top 10 Finalists: Alexandra Scarlett; Bohemi; Letters to Sarah Metalsmithing; Stacy Rodgers; Tara Hutch
Finalists receive $500 cash for Top 5 placement or $250 for Top 10 placement. Awards include: Coverage in the new annual grant publication Reveal; signature Grant Finalist trophy made by 2013 Winner Rebecca Rose; blog profile; media exposure; press release assistance; feedback report from the judging committee.
About the Halstead Grant
The Halstead Grant began in 2006 as a way to bring the business plan concept to the jewelry community and encourage makers to establish clear goals and measurable steps towards self-sufficiency.
Halstead President Hilary Halstead Scott says, “It’s amazing to see how much entries have changed in the decade (plus) that we have been sponsoring the grant. New jewelers are using their social media savvy to learn about their customers and engage with them in exciting ways to grow their businesses.”
Guest judge Cathleen McCarthy of The Jewelry Loupe says, “I was really impressed with the artists. What they’ve done in such a short amount of time is mind-blowing and their goals are just as impressive.”
Meet the 2015 winner of the Halstead Grant, Samantha Skelton.