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The winners of the 2011 Niche Awards for jewelry were announced February 18 during the Buyers Market of American Craft show in Philadelphia. The Niche Awards annually celebrate excellence and innovation in American and Canadian craft. They are sponsored by the trade publication, Niche.
Judging was based on three main criteria:
• technical excellence, both in surface design and form
• a distinct quality of unique, original and creative thought
• market viability (professional entries only)
There will be more stories in the coming days from the BMAC show (held February 17-21). For now, the professional and student Niche award winners are as follows:
Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez
Circle Disk Brooch with Gold and Pearls
Silver Point, Tenn.
Oceanic Bangle Bracelet
Lunar Cycle Necklace
Santa Rosa, Calif.
Daisy Diamond Stem
Orange Diamond Ceramic Engagement Ring
Finally Coming Home
University of Indiana
Savannah College of Art and Design
University of Iowa
Jewelry: Sculpture to Wear (two winners)
Young Eun Tammy Kim
California State University
East Carolina University
In addition to jewelry, awards were given out in the following categories: Clocks, Ceramics, Fiber, Glass, Metal, Wood and Jewelry.