Silver Jewelry Artist Susan Elnora Wins the 2012 Halstead Grant
Susan Elnora is the winner of this year’s Halstead Grant. This is the 7th annual grant competition for new jewelry entrepreneurs sponsored by Halstead Bead, Inc.
Minneapolis jewelry designer Susan Elnora Frerichs is the winner of the 7th annual Halstead Grant for new silver jewelry entrepreneurs. Frerichs, under the studio name Susan Elnora, will receive $6,000 in start-up cash and jewelry supplies to build her business.
The Susan Elnora collection of urban rustic silver jewelry includes designs inspired by American settings, flora and fauna. Notable pieces use linear perspective in layered landscape necklaces featuring scenery, telephone poles and railroad tracks. Designs often feature hand fabricated moving parts or detachable enhancements. The line is anchored by artistic statement pieces but also includes many options for everyday wear.
“Susan Elnora jewelry boasts a level of originality rarely encountered in a trade that spans many ages in history,” said Hilary Scott, a grant judge.
Frerichs was introduced to metalsmithing as an undergraduate in Studio Art at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Following the advice of her employer and mentor, renowned mokume gane artist George Sawyer, she then attended Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco. After four years of apprenticing with master goldsmith Stephen Vincent in Minneapolis, Frerichs launched her own studio. Her exploration of a fading American mythology is a continuing source of inspiration.
Susan Elnora designs can be found at quality jewelry galleries across the country as well as online at Artful Home and ARTprojectA. Retail prices for sterling silver jewelry items range from $75 to $1800.
The Halstead Grant is awarded to a new silver jewelry artist each summer. The program provides business development funds, supplies and exposure to up and coming designers in the industry. Candidates must submit a portfolio as well as a lengthy application packet including details on business planning and strategy. The grant is sponsored by silver jewelry supply wholesaler Halstead Bead, Inc.
Susan Elnora joins a roster of talented Halstead Grant recipients with successful careers in independent jewelry design. For more information on the grant program including past winners, eligibility requirements and application details visit The Halstead Grant website.
The Halstead Grant 2012 Complete Results:
Susan Elnora Minneapolis, MN
Top 5 Finalists
Caitie Sellers Metalsmith Asheville, NC
Jamison Rae Jewelry Boise, ID
Jenny Reeves San Francisco, CA
Sorensen Silver Fine Art Red Hook, NY
Top 10 Finalists
Catherine Grisez Jewelry Seattle, WA
J W Metal Arts San Diego, CA
JPHii Design Tonawanda, NY
Rosemary Misfud Jewelry Grand Rapids, MI
Zoa Chimerum Jewelry Astoria, NY
Halstead Business Development Grant: The health of the jewelry industry depends on the continuous flow of new talent and design creativity. It is critical that new artists also hone their business skills in order to effectively manage their small businesses. Halstead Bead awards a business grant to a new jewelry designer in the bridge segment each summer. The grant awards $6,000 in start-up capital and merchandise to a new design company. If you are starting a new jewelry design business, please checkout our application and eligibility details.