Halstead Design Challenge


The theme for the 2020 challenge, connection, was inspired by the city of Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love. Participants created a necklace that explores interpretations of the theme, connection

Online exhibition and sale viewable on SNAG//SPACE


2020 Halstead Design Challenge Kit
Participants received a 50-piece kit of sterling silver, copper, and brass supplies to get started. The kit included sheet metal, chain segments, wire, metal blanks, and beads. The challenge was to create a necklace or pendant under 6” x 6” x 1”. Only 225 Halstead Challenge kits were available.

Fundraiser for SNAG
This design challenge is a fundraiser for SNAG. Proceeds from kit sales and 25% of work sold at retail price will benefit SNAG.

2020 Winners
1st Place: Becky McDonah
2nd Place: Aimee Howard Clinger
3rd Place: Peter Antor
Runners Up: Kirsten Denbow, Yvonne Escalante, Jennifer Fairman


  • Finished work is owned by the artist until sold.
  • All work submitted must be for sale through the time of exhibition, including the online exhibition component.
  • In case of a sale during the exhibition cycle, the following split of proceeds applies: 75% of retail price goes to the artist, 25% of retail price goes to SNAG.
  • All administration of sales will be handled by SNAG.

Jurying Process
The jurying process ensures that the work submitted is of the highest quality and follows the curatorial mission outlined in the proposal. Craftsmanship, dedication to the concept of the show, diversity, intrigue, and interpretation of the call will be considered.

2020 Jury

Hilary Halstead Scott
Hilary Halstead Scott is the President of Halstead, a wholesale supplier of jewelry chain and materials that was established in 1973. The family owned and operated firm supplies thousands of jewelry artists around the globe. Hilary is passionate about helping small jewelry businesses and entrepreneurs. To that end, she founded the Halstead Grant in 2005. The Halstead Grant is a business development program that awards start-up cash and recognition to an emerging jewelry artist each year. The rigorous application process is designed to encourage sound business practices in the jewelry industry. Hilary has an MBA and a Masters in International Management. She worked in Madrid, Spain prior to returning to the family business. She is an active member of SNAG and the Women Presidents Organization.

Jim Bové
Jim Bové is a practicing artist, educator and former board member of SNAG. He has organized and curated several international exhibitions and lectures between the United States and Japan, including the cross-cultural exchange, Metalsmiths Linking. He recently completed an artist residency in the Arctic Circle aboard a three-masted ship where he explored landscape inspired forms. Jim’s artwork was selected for Metalsmith magazine’s Exhibition in Print, ‘Fresh‘. His artwork has been featured in several books, Humor in Craft, On Body and Soul: Contemporary Armor to Amulets and most recently in Cast. His artwork was awarded Honorable Mention in the Cheongju Craft Biennale, South Korea and was accepted into Schmuck as well as being exhibited in the Taiwan International Metals Crafts Competition. He acts as a pro bono consultant to non-profit arts centers and hosts workshops to help public school teachers integrate crafts into their curriculum.

Brigitte Martin
Brigitte Martin created the online social network CRAFTHAUS in 2008 to foster camaraderie and professional exchange within the international craft community. As the site’s editor she connects the membership with the larger craft world while offering a place to show work and discuss thoughts and ideas about craft. Brigitte founded a Craft Think Tank in 2011 and continues to organize the convenings in cooperation with the American Craft Council. Brigitte published Humor in Craft, which won the FINALIST award at the 2012 USA Best Book Awards and a Gold Medal at the Independent Publisher Book Awards in 2013. She curates and juries exhibitions nationally and she is the Editor at Large for American Craft Magazine. Martin was the president of The SNAG from 2017-2018 and a public speaker on topics of social networking, online community, artist development and art entrepreneurship. She is currently the Executive Director of The Society of Arts + Crafts.

If you have questions about the Kit or Challenge please email HDC@halsteadbead.com

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Additional past Halstead Design Challenge exhibitions can also be viewed at SNAG//SPACE.