Beads will be included as a category for the first time this year in the annual Niche Awards. Niche Magazine is accepting handmade ceramic and glass beads in addition to the longstanding categories of fiber, metal, wood, jewelry, glass, ceramics, home furnishings, as well as others.
Since 1988 Niche Magazine has been a quarterly trade publication for fine craft retailers. It is published by The Rosen Group which also publishes American Style and produces the Buyers Market of American Craft, the world's largest wholesale crafts trade show.
Judging for this competition is based on three main categories:
- Technical excellence, both in surface design and form
- Market viability
- A distinct quality of unique, original, and creative thought
The deadline for entries is August 31, 2007. Here are photos of the 2007 winners along with links to the 2008 appplication.
Good luck to everyone who submits and be sure to spread the word on this so there is a strong showing of handcrafted beads!
The Jewelry, Fiber and Mixed & Miscellaneous Media categories may be of interest to many of you as well.