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Member Achievements – October 2012

Kristin Diener’s Ring Form: Contraption was recently included in the book “Showcase 500 Rings: New Directions in Art Jewelry” published by Lark Crafts.  This book can be found in stores or online at


Sophie Hughes sent her collection down the runway at New York’s Fashion Week on September 9, 2012.  Stylists chose over 40 pieces to include in pre-show photo shoots as well as walking down the runway.



Studio Jeweler Linda Kaye-Moses (above) was featured in “Cloth, Paper Scissors,” a craft periodical devoted to the art of mixed media artists. Kaye-Moses’ work explores the use of ‘nesting cases’ or enclosures for her jewels with many of her pieces, often combined with original poems. These pieces incorporate the use of traditional jewelry making techniques and metal clay.  Linda was also published in the new book Contemporary Metal Clay Rings, authored by Hattie Sanderson and published by Brynmorgen Press.


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Member Achievements – August 2012

Jim Cohen

Jim Cohen has assumed the presidency of the American Guild of Judaic Art (AGJA). AGJA is a multinational organization of over 130 members dedicated to celebrating the diversity of Judaic art around the world and connecting with those who create art inspired by Jewish traditions and ritual. Cohen has previously been a member of the SNAG Board of Directors and is finishing his term as President of the New Mexico Metalsmiths Guild.



Chelsea Fay


Chelsea Fay was awarded the $15,000 Tiffany & Co. Foundation Metals & Jewelry Design Endowed Scholarship.

Reiko Ishiyama was selected as an Awards of Excellence winner at the 2012 Baltimore ACC show.

Susan Myers’ fabricated metalwork is on view at the Philadelphia International Airport. The exhibit, “For Your Entertainment,” is located in five large cases in Terminal A-West at the airport and will be on display until January 2013.

Michelle Pajak-Reynolds

Michelle Pajak-Reynolds was featured on the television program “Indelible Impression with TeeMcBee,” discussing her jewelry projects and the advantages of investing in custom jewelry. Three pieces from her “Water’s Edge” collection are included in the Touchstone Center for Craft exhibition at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater estate. Pajak-Reynolds was also a finalist in this year’s COSE Arts Business Challenge. HGTV’s Dina Manzo wore her “Pirouette bracelet” on the red carpet for the Project Ladybug Bash in Chicago, and her “Fallen Trees bracelets” and “Crystalline necklace” were featured in The Burr Magazine.

Mark Thone

Mark Thone received second place in the Annual World Championship Belt Buckle Competition for his Chased Buckle made of red brass.

Aleksandra Vali’s works were selected to be presented in the book Gemstone Settings by Anastasia Young. Vali’s piece Essence of Water was also featured on the cover of the book.

Marina Babic received first place in Beads in the 2012 Saul Bell Design Award Competition held by Rio Grande. Brian Quigley took second place in Silver, and Jennifer Park received second place in Enamel.

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Magazine Roundup – August 2012

Meghan Patrice Riley

Meghan Patrice Riley is featured in the June/July American Craft. She recently won the Society for Contemporary Craft’s Raphael Founder’s Prize. Daniel DiCaprio received an honorable mention from the Society for Contemporary Craft.


Claudio Pino is the subject of the article “Light Show” in the July MJSA Journal.


The July Jewelry Artist magazine’s 65th Anniversary Gallery includes Alan Revere and Celie Fago.


Wendy Edsall-Kerwin’s foldforming cuff bracelet project is in the July issue of Art Jewelry Magazine. In the “Gallery” is work by Karen Christians, Andrea Williams, Alex Lewandowski, and Hiromi Suter.


Ornament Volume 35 Number 4 shows beads by Randy Long and Billie Jean Theide. An article about Shana Kroiz appears in the same issue.


Metalsmith Volume 32 Number 3 includes work by SNAG members Jan Harrell, Kristina Glick, Jeanie Pratt, Alicia Boswell, Ubaldo Vitali, Kirsten Haydon, and Flora Book.  Exhibition reviews for Niki Ulehla, Micki Lippe, and Gabriel Craig are also in the issue.