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Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Contest 2010 featuring Pearls, Organics and Kato Polyclay™
(Grants Pass, Oregon)--Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®, America's Favorite Beading and Jewelry Supply Company®, announces the winners of the 2010 Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Jewelry-Making Contest featuring Pearls, Organic Beads and Kato Polyclay™.
Congratulations to Melissa Grakowsky--the Grand Prize Gold Medal Winner. The winning necklace is a cascading bib-style necklace made with exquisitely handcrafted polymer clay roses and cultured freshwater pearls. The elaborate necklace was chosen by the Fire Mountain Gems and Beads judges for its incredible craftsmanship, realistic-looking, intricate polymer clay roses and attention to detail. The beautifully finished back of the necklace reflects the overall care and attention that went into making the piece. Melissa's ability to combine multiple mediums from the contest guidelines also helped to guide the judges' decision.
Second place winner Susan Bailey created a necklace and earring set with Native American influence. Made of bone focal components, handmade polymer clay feathers and a variety of gemstones and seed beads, the detail and quality work of the set, titled Wolf Spirit, caught the eye of the Fire Mountain Gems and Beads judges.
Another favorite was the third place necklace, Elizabeth, by Jodi Horgan. The elaborate necklace is made of glass pearls surrounded by swirling lines of silk material, all in varying shades of purple. The unusual use of silk cord and the wearability of the piece made an impression on the judges as well. The employee choice winner, Seascape, is an incredibly detailed doll made by Marilyn Radzat. The doll contains a large variety of items including clay and shell with varying texture. This beautiful piece was prized as the favorite among Fire Mountain Gems employees for its incredible attention to detail and thoughtful use of materials.
Fire Mountain Gems and Beads received entries from around the world for this product-themed contest. Design entries were required to feature at least 50% Pearls, Organic Beads and/or Kato Polyclay™. The panel of judges selected 75 finalists from the entries received, with 26 medal winners in all. View the finalist and winning pieces in the Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Gallery of Designs.
Winning Designer-Artists in Each Category
Gold Medal Winner
Silver Medal Winner
Bronze Medal Winner
Home Décor and Doll
Jewelry Design Sets
Many of the winning pieces may be showcased in future Fire Mountain Gems and Beads catalogs and magazine advertisements.
Winners received gift certificates to Fire Mountain Gems and Beads in the following amounts:
Gold Grand Prize Winner: $1,000.00
Silver Grand Prize Winner: $750.00
Bronze Grand Prize Winner: $500.00
Gold Medal Category Winner: $100.00
Silver Medal Category Winner: $75.00
Bronze Medal Category Winner: $50.00
Thank you to all the talented designer-artists who participated in the 2010 Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Pearls, Organics and Kato Polyclay™ Jewelry-Making Contest.
The Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework and Chain Jewelry-Making Contest entry deadline is January 10, 2011. The Seed Bead and Glass Jewelry-Making Contests are also now taking entries. Start designing and get your creations in by March 7, 2011.
View upcoming product-themed Jewelry-Making Contests for 2011, along with contest guidelines and printable entry packets.
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