Monday, July 27, 2009



Local Jewelry Designer Receives Top Honor in National Competition

Fayetteville, North Carolina – July 27, 2009 - Local jewelry designer Erica Stankwytch Bailey was recently honored as a Top 5 Silver Circle Finalist in a national annual competition for emerging designers. The Jewelry Design Business Development Grant program sponsored by industry supplier Halstead Bead Inc. awards cash grants and valuable business plan assistance to jewelry entrepreneurs. Stankwytch Bailey will be paired with an established jewelry design mentor through the award’s business development program. You can visit her website at

Erica creates contemporary sterling silver jewelry with a focus on texture and form. Her work is inspired by the textures of the earth. “I inspect the world in great detail and have always collected shells, seed pods, stones and interesting organic elements”.

Stankwytch Bailey began making jewelry while in school at East Carolina University, where she received her BFA in Metal Design. She maintains a full-time metalsmithing career while teaching jewelry fabrication and metalsmithing courses in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Stankwytch Bailey was chosen as a finalist out of a highly competitive field of submissions from all over the United States. “Erica is an extremely talented metalsmith who crafts distinctive art jewelry pieces. She has an ambitious business plan and I am certain she will become a very well-known designer in the industry within the next few years,” said competition judge Hilary Scott.

Entrants in the competition were required to submit a design portfolio, a full business plan, and written answers to several specific questions. The program is designed to support the dreams of talented jewelry artisans and encourage sound business practices as they build their small businesses. Detailed results and more information on the award are available at

Erica Stankwytch Bailey

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