Member Achievements – October 2012

October 1, 2012

Linda KM

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.


 Robert Grey Kaylor’s R. Grey Gallery was named America’s #1 Coolest Small Jewelry Store in 2012 by INSTORE magazine.  The 11th annual contest reviewed 108 galleries based on criteria from staff size to innovative business practices.  The award has now brought attention to the gallery and to the Boise art community, and can be viewed online at


 Charon Kransen Arts/Books was selected for the 2012 Best of Manhattan Awards in the Books category by the Manhattan Award Program committee.  The Manhattan Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the Manhattan area. Each year, they identify companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.


This fall Andrew Kuebeck joined the faculty at Bowling Green State University teaching beginning to advanced courses in the Jewelry and Metals Department.  He joins department head Tom Muir.


 The memoir of Karen Lorene, Facere Gallery owner, was reviewed in NICHE magazine.  The piece titled, “Luck, Love and Jewelry” discusses her book, “Building a Business Building a Life: A Memoir & Workbook.”


Michelle Pajak-Reynolds was interviewed by Northeast Ohio’s WEWS Channel 5 about her involvement in New York’s Fashion Week in September.  The news story can be viewed on their website at


“The Journey So Far – A Personal Narrative” will be given by Christina Smith on October 20 at the Craft in America Study Center in Los Angeles.  Smith is a Silversmith and Professor whose highly-narrative creations are included in numerous public and private collections. She will discuss the role of memory and artifact in her work.


Congratulations to the five finalists of the 9th annual National Jewellery Student Competition:  Sonja Rosenberg, NSCAD; Theresa Duong, OCAD; Mengnan Qu, NSCAD; Victoria Yez, George Brown College; and Mary Lynn Podiluk, NSCAD.


Congratulations to Jolee Mickesh for receiving the 2012 Hoover & Strong Scholarship, and to Erica Meier, Lindsay Fisher, and Bongsang Cho for receiving the 2012 SNAG Educational Endowment Scholarships.  In addition to the scholarship, these students received a complimentary one-year SNAG membership, publication of their work in Metalsmith, SNAG News, Riveting News, and on the SNAG website, and mailed postcard announcement.


MJSA Education Foundation Awards over $5,000 in Student Scholarships.  Congratulations to William Sammut, Sara Cochran, Kristen Glanzman, Alexander Walker, Chelsey Hammersmith, Jessica Armstrong! 


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