The story begins with "I received an order for a ring from three beautiful witch sisters." These three rings are mysterious and beautiful, making you think that magic may be contained in these rings, which were created by pouring all of the skills available into the witch's order. I think this is a work that draws the viewer into the world of the story. It is as if the artist, who has the technical ability and modeling ability to make the most of materials, has played with things beyond the limits of practical use. It makes you feel the possibility that the wings of the author's creativity will lead to another world. (Minoru Miki)
I received an order from a beautiful witch sister and created it with the imagination of a happy future that only good people can see, a fruit from the demon world with a mysterious scent, and the sound of echoes that make wishes come true. I am very happy and honored to receive this award, and I will continue to work hard to bring all my imaginations to life.
Each flower is carefully made from each petal, each with a different size and expression, and are arranged in the ‘shape they should have’ and the ‘place they should be in’. And even now, the lines of the gentle stems, which seem to continue to grow silently towards the sky, maintain an exquisite balance, creating a sense of stability as if they were naturally taking root in the place where they are placed. It stands on its own with a cute appearance. The shadows of the works I saw during the judging were also interesting, and I wanted to shine light from one direction on the three rings, which have a somewhat magical and moving curve, and project their silhouettes. By intentionally finishing the entire piece in white, it is a beautiful piece that expresses softness and gentleness even though it is a metal unique to sterling silver. (Etsuko Nakayama)
I am filled with joy and gratitude to receive this wonderful award. Three types of wildflowers found in spring. I disassembled it, observed it, shaped the petals one by one, and made them into rings. While making this piece, I was reminded of my childhood memories of making wreaths out of wildflowers. It was a sweet and happy time. This is one page of the story that led me to where I am today.
A freezing winter morning captured in this beautiful work. Subtle shades of white. Absence of color let the viewer focus on the flow of light over texture, structure and shape that seem to be frozen in time. The fine balance of the pure monochrome with the masterly executed design, leave us room to experience what we see more intense. (Oliver Pieper)
When you step outside on a cold winter morning, you are greeted by a white world covered in frost, with pillars of frost peeking out here and there. And those crystals illuminated by the morning sun give off a small sparkle. I expressed the winter morning walk that I saw while cherishing the excitement in my heart when I saw such a scene.
Alena Stukavcova Dolezalova
At first glance, this ring may seem heavy. A large part resembling a lotus seed was placed at the top of the ring, giving it an overwhelming presence that caught the eye, and the fact that the inside was sulphurized black may also be contributing factors to the weight of ring. When you actually pick it up, it looks three-dimensional, yet light, and feels good to use. Also, by sulphurizing the inside black, the design at the center, which expresses the birth of life, stands out. I believe that this work was designed with a good understanding of the characteristics of the material. (Haruhito Nozawa)
It was a huge surprise for me, I did not expect it. I admire Japanese culture, refined aesthetics and relationship to artistic craftsmanship, and I was even more moved by the award. It is very motivating to continue this work, I see the award as a great commitment. From an aesthetic and technical point of view, I am fascinated by networks and systems that form the basis of life - mycelium, nervous system, blood circulation and the like. This gave physical form for the consideration of responsibility to our own life story, by which we influence the life of the following living beings and the entire planet.
This piece is made by arranging cloisonne and stones in a soft silver clay frame. For some reason, it was a work with a mysterious charm that made me want to pick it up again and again. No matter which direction you look at it, each one has a different look, and the transparent stones and black stones on both sides are arranged so that you can't see them at the same time, giving me a sense of the bold compositional power. It is a beautiful piece that can decorate the wearer with a gorgeous impression. (Minoru Miki)
Whether it's when I envision a dream that overflows, or when it comes true and I feel so rich that it's about to spill over, I don't want to miss that momentary story. The work `Spilling Time' seeks the clear state of dreaming and the sweetness and richness of fulfillment through the colors of cloisonne, and at the same time, uses Art Clay to create the changeable state of society.
Mokume-Gane is a technique that uses several different colored solid metals to create woodgrain patterns. This work makes use of kneaded materials and techniques, and each part is made by cutting colored metal, and a deformed stone is placed in the center of the part, and the color pattern made with New Mokume-Gane is also well expressed. The fine textures around each part sparkle and make the piece more attractive, and the joints that connect the parts are also pipe-shaped and spherical, creating a structure that takes into consideration the feeling of wearing. I think one of the reasons why it was so well received was the careful finishing of the back of the main parts. (Haruhito Nozawa)
I've continued to create because I love it, but I started thinking about how I could give back what I'd learned. I had an opportunity to attend a lecture on traditional Japanese crafts and realized the importance of communicating and being able to pass on the message. I hope that by conveying what I have learned and the joy of creating through this work, I can be the first step in giving back.
During the Edo period, these small white flowers were stuffed as cushioning material in boxes imported from Europe and grew wild. However, although it is a pretty and cute little flower (white clover in English), it was used as stuffing, which is why it is called `stuffed white plant' in Japanese. This is a masterpiece in which white flowers with densely blooming dainty white flowers are assembled into a flower folding screen, and cubic zirconia gold is gently placed along the edges to create an elegant piece of work. (Morihito Katsura)
The motif is a corolla of white clover, with subtle touches of yellow and gold, expressing the beginning of a story that hints at the light of the future. I aimed to create a work that allows you to imagine a happy ending. I am very honored to receive this wonderful award. Thank you so much.
A beautiful composition, 3 geometric shapes forming 3 abstract faces. Square - triangle - circle. Art Clay and colorful applications are used to create this wonderful work. Finally, the masks can be taken off. The 3 characters are enjoying themselves! No worries… feelings of release and happiness. (Oliver Pieper)
Now that the coronavirus pandemic has subsided, it's time to take off your mask, laugh out loud, and chat without worrying about what other people think! That feeling has been turned into a pop and energetic trio. Combining different materials is always a challenge, but I had fun making it. Thank you very much for this wonderful award.
"Also known as Sea Serpent. Dragons appear in fairy tales and legends around the world as gods and villains. I decided to give shape to a dragon that I had wanted to create at least once, something I had been experimenting with for many years. The face is not intentionally made of natural stone, and the story of this dragon will be completed if the viewer feels the joy, anger, sadness, and joy of each individual image and weaves a story. I am very honored to have received this award for a work that took on such a challenge. Thank you very much. "
"I am truly overjoyed and deeply honored by this award. Words are just not enough to express my sincerest and heartfelt appreciation to those who supported me and made this competition possible. This award have set a memorable event in my career as a metal clay artist, and gives me the confidence and boost to do even better. HDB’s were just insignificant and ordinary buildings to me. It wasn’t until the pandemic when I was confined at home that I started to really see and experience the HDB town I was staying in. It was also during this time that I finally found out the block number of the HDB buildings that are right outside my window, which I never bothered to spare a second glance due to my pre-pandemic busy lifestyle. This was when I realized that I have truly made this HDB town my home. "
I am incredibly happy to be receiving the Award for Students for my artwork! As a young jewelry designer being granted this award is a great encouragement and a much appreciated acknowledgment of my skills. This has been my first time using Art Clay Silver Paper Type and I am completely in love with the material and its possibilities. Experimenting with this material has been an amazing experience, especially since I am a big fan of Origami and like to integrate folding techniques in my work wherever and however I can. I wanted this brooch to reflect both my passion for the art of folding and the craft of jewelry making.
Thank you Silver Accessories Contest to have selected my work to receive the award from Japan Jewellery Designers Association! I’m joyful and grateful to take part in this special event. About 'The Quest', a journey in a quest starts from a regular life, going through different places, to reach something truly meaningful. Meanwhile, the main character grows and develops. The piece is dedicated to everyone on their quest.
Many people say that it is difficult to make pieces that are not part of the curriculum, such as `Nerikomi Jewellery'. For this work, I focused on the kneading technique, thought about how to create patterns that are not random, and used a coloring method other than the traditional simmer staining to create six types of rings. Gold, silver, copper, bronze, the world of `metal clay' has so much more to offer. I hope I can continue to enjoy creating it.
This work graphically expresses shock waves, the pitch black of space, and the brightness of planets by layering meteorites, space, and rings with a monochrome finish by adding texture to the circles and rings. My work often depicts flowers and leaves in a realistic manner, but I am very happy to have won the award for my new attempt.
I created this work based on one of my favorite flowers, the thistle flower. It's been 26 years since I discovered silver clay and started teaching classes. I would like to continue having fun with all my students.
Last summer, my husband was suddenly hospitalized, and the sparrow disappeared from the garden. After 37 days, my husband was discharged from the hospital, and he was overjoyed when he saw the sparrow return to the garden. I created this piece to express the sparrows waiting lovingly among the flowering trees for my husband to feed them. Thank you very much for the wonderful award.
"It is always so nice to have your work appreciated. It makes me think I do something right and motivates me to work further on my skills. It’s also great to know that my work can represent in the exhibition the rich world of Eastern Europe’s myths and legends. I am really thankful for the award and I am already thinking about the next competition. Rarog (name of the piece) - spirit of fire from Slavic mythology, usually taking form of a flaming falcon or a fiery wind. Sometimes seen as an incarnation of Slavic god of fire, blacksmithing and Sun - Swarog, or his animal companion. For me it is an embodiment of creativity, transforming fire and messenger of luck. My Rarog is based on an actual bird in the genus Falco - Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) which in Polish is actually called Rarog. The idea for this piece came from me listening on repeat to a fantastic song (for folk metal fans) ""Rarog"" by band Radogost."
This is my first time participating in this contest. I thought about what I had learned so far, the many encounters I had, the teachers who helped me, my parents, my husband, and many other things, and thought about how to express who I am through my work. I love Kamakura, lotus, and calligraphy. Thank you for this time.
I learned that there are many mandala shapes in nature, such as flowers, crystals, and tree rings, so I wanted to express them using the warmth and softness of silver clay. I was very happy because I had never imagined that I would receive an award. I would like to continue to have a lot of fun making them.
Cute fine silver flowers made from rolled parts and die-cut parts...I made the main flowers interchangeable. I hope to convey the dignified form and gentle glamor of silver quilling. I am very happy and grateful to have been selected.
A school of sardines shining in the sea is expressed using silver clay and cloisonne. I designed the design with the hope of expressing the multi-layered structure of many individuals forming a group to create one large flow. I hope you will see the unique characteristics of each species, such as those with wide open mouths and those that swim behind the group to catch up.
I was thinking of something subtle that doesn't look like an accessory. Around that time, I saw the movie ‘Blue Giant,’ and I thought it might be a good idea to make something with the saxophone as a motif, so I made it. I am very happy and grateful that I was able to win an Honorable Mention in my first contest participation.
The crown, which is said to bring a variety of happiness, is made from the pure material of fine silver, with the image of a beautiful blooming flower, a butterfly symbolizing beauty and growth, and transparent glass, representing water, the source of life. I would like to continue creating while having fun.
The model is my beloved cat who is always by my side. When I see my cat lying down and looking so happy, I can't help but love her. I wanted to depict this figure in silver and copper, and I made it into a form. I want to continue creating things that I love.
This is a story about the Millennium Forest. This is a scene in which, over a long period of time, creatures living in the forest become sacred beasts and revive plants. The colors of the body are forest flowers, sky, and water. The gold leaf represents the stars falling in the night sky. Thank you very much for the award.
When you look up at the night sky, drawn by the moonlight, nostalgic images and scenery come to mind. I tried to express ‘the flow of time and the rotating moon’ by combining New Mokume-Gane and mother-of-pearl inlay. We had a great time enjoying the once-in-a-lifetime experience of New Mokume-Gane and the beauty of the Raden's (seashell inlay) brilliance.
I am excited to hear the good news that I received an Honorable Mention on my fourth attempt. This time, I focused on reducing weight. Using various techniques, I created a gold and silver necklace. The creative process has its ups and downs. It's a work that grows in love as much as it goes through hard work. I would like to turn this joy into strength and encourage myself even more.
I am very happy and honoured to have received this award. Many thanks to the judges and the organizers of this prestigious international contest! I would like to express my gratitude towards my tutor Corina Gheorghe for teaching me the technical skills, providing me with valuable advice and giving me the confidence to dream big. My inspiration came from geometry and paper cut art. This abstract brooch is a geometric game inviting you to look from different angles and discover the hidden light. Working with ACS Paper Type Plus was a challenge and a rewarding experience.
It is a huge honor, not only to participate in such a competition organized in a country marked for centuries by exquisite beauty and style, but especially to be one of the award winners of the 18th International Silver Accessories Contest 2023! My deep joy and gratefulness cannot be expressed in words! Thank you. We are a part of the world around us, we are forms and colors of the passing seasons, of recent happenings in life; everything marks us. My bracelet represents a vision of the “time imprints” in our soul. Young and old, together, growing from each other, breathing for each other, till after the rainbow of eternity.
I am very grateful that my jewelry deserved to be noticed by the judges. International Silver Accessories Contest 2023 the contest is a very important event for me. This contest encourages me to create elaborate and sophisticated jewelry. Thank you to all of you who do a great job to make such a great contest happen.The “Family Story” is powerful necklace that combines different mokume patterns into one whole. Making this piece of jewelry is an important learning point for me, as is being a mother of three children. It is important to remember that we are similar but still different.
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Jung Myeong Hee
I created this work to give form to the story of life that is folded day by day during spring, the beginning of the season. I create my pieces with all my heart, imagining the people who will look at them, but I believe that a piece is only completed when the feelings of the person who wears it overlap. I would like to express my deep gratitude to the judges who recognized this work, and I would like to continue to work on creating works with even greater sincerity.
I am delighted to have received this award and sincerely appreciate the encouragement provided by the judges. My hope for the future is to explore even greater possibilities and more engaging aspects within the realm of silver clay creation. The inspiration for this piece comes from both personal experiences and those of my family and friends. We have all faced overwhelming psychological and emotional pressures due to various factors such as societal conditions, viruses, wars, and more in recent years. My aspiration is that everyone can find a place in this world that allows their soul to relax and experience true freedom.
It is an honor, and I am so grateful to have received this Honorable Mention. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to everyone who has always supported me, my thankfulness to all the respect and honorable judge members for their appreciation, and to my tutor for the encouragement. In these two years, the world has been very unstable, sometimes even turbulent, and worrisome. Wars and conflicts increase between countries and nations from time to time. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and powerlessness in our lives. But no matter how negligible we are, if we united, we could still create. Hopefully the audience would find my work affecting, and inspiring.