We’re thrilled to introduce Marthe Le Van, our guest judge for the 12th annual Halstead Grant.
Marthe Le Van is a contemporary jewelry evangelist and owner of Mora, an award-winning retail jewelry boutique in Asheville, North Carolina representing 30 independent studio jewelers, including past Halstead Grant Winners/Finalists Erica Bello, Caitie Sellers and Erica Stankwytch Bailey.
An internationally recognized writer and editor, Le Van has more than 50 jewelry titles to her credit. She founded and was senior editor of Lark Jewelry Books from 2002 to 2012.
Prior to this, Le Van was creative director at Blue Spiral 1 and curator for Harvey Littleton Studios. Marthe is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College with a B.A. in arts administration and art history. Recent juror credits include Artisphere, the Niche Awards, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, and Craft Boston.
Applications for the Halstead Grant are due August 1st each year. Visit the Halstead Grant website for more information including a downloadable application; prizes; past winners & finalists; links to resources and more.
After judging the Halstead Grant, Marthe contributed this insightful article to help emerging jewelry artists succeed in the field: Getting Noticed by Jewelry Galleries: Wholesaling Your Collection