Silversmith scoops two design awards in seven days

Wayne Meeten wins Grand Prize for vessel at Las Vegas awards.

British silversmith Wayne Meeten is celebrating his second award win in a week, having scooped the overall Grand Prize at the Saul Bell Design Awards in Las Vegas.

Meeten scooped the grand prize and first prize in the Holloware category at the awards, which took place last Saturday during the JCK Fair. 

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The awards were organised by Rio Grande, one of the leading suppliers to the jewellery industry in North America. Now in its 11th year the ceremony is named after the founder of Rio Grande, Saul Bell.

Meeten was also awarded last year, scooping the 2010 Grand Prize and Holloware prize. He has now been invited to be a judge for next year’s exhibition.

His winning piece, a cylindrical lidded vessel called Inner Golden Facets, is made of 32 layers of fine silver and other gilding metals, a skilfully challenging technique called Mokume Gane (the Japanese for wood grain).

Talking of his inspiration – the Grand Canyon – Meeten said: "The landscape is totally breathtaking. With snow on the top of the canyon, together with dramatic layers of red rock, and black stone with all the hues of grey in between, it reminded me of the colours and effect achieved through Mokume."

The judges were unanimous in their decision to present Wayne with the much coveted Saul Bell Design Award. They were particularly impressed with Wayne’s imaginative and lyrical piece and felt that the craftmanship and design were outstanding. The judges almost couldn’t believe that Wayne had made it by hand.

Wayne will be using the funds from his prize money to buy gold with which he plans to make a new piece inspired by the Devon landscape where he now live.



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