The NICHE Awards annual competition, in existence for over 20 years, recognizes originality, excellence and creative achievement of North American studio craft artists. Thousands of entries are received each year from professional and student artists. The entries are judged by a prestigious panel of craft professionals selected by the editors of NICHE magazine; they include museum directors, gallery owners, curators, craft industry experts and arts advocates. The panel judges each competition entry within its category on 1) technical excellence (in surface design and form), 2) distinct quality of unique, original and creative thought, and 3) market viability. After the judging process is complete, the counts are tallied and the 5 top-scoring pieces in each category become NICHE finalists.
Coco Paniora Salinas is thrilled to be a 2014 NICHE awards finalist in the Jewelry – Alternative Materials category. His hand-knotted , fiber, macrame necklace, “Primavera Rising” is the one of a kind design that scored top marks.
Coco’s “Primavera Rising” is up against some beautiful designs by jewelry artists Molly Aleza Vogel, Victoria Varga, Suzanne Linquist, and Cara Romano. The winners of the 2014 NICHE Awards will be announced at a special ceremony held during the American Made Show in January in Philadelphia. Please join me in wishing Coco a huge, “Good luck!”