Layne Designs is the 2011 winner of The Halstead Grant. This is the 6th annual national grant competition for new jewelry entrepreneurs in the United States.
Philadelphia, PA – August 1, 2011 – Philadelphia-area designer Layne Freedline of Layne Designs is the winner of the 2011 Halstead Grant for jewelry entrepreneurs. The prestigious award in the jewelry industry includes a $5,000 small business grant as well as $1,000 of jewelry supplies.
Layne Designs jewelry features unusual gems set in handcrafted sterling silver settings. Her line showcases stones such as jasper, druzy and labradorite with paisley inspired silver accents. Freedline plans to use the grant funds to expand her website and exhibit at a national industry trade show.
In response to winning the award Freedline said, “I am very grateful for Halstead Bead Inc. for the encouragement that this grant offers. The handmade marketplace is blossoming from this kind of motivation toward strong business practices.”
Freedline is a Pennsylvania native who received her jewelry arts training at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. In addition to running her own studio, she also teaches jewelry classes at the Main Line Art Center in Haverford, PA. She is continuing her education by pursuing a Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America.
“Layne submitted one of the best business plans we have seen in our six years of judging this competition. We were blown away.” said one judge, Hilary Scott. “She is a talented metalsmith with an infectious passion for her craft.”
Layne Designs necklaces range from $150 to $400 and earrings are $40 to $225. Pieces are available for sale on Etsy.
The Halstead Grant is an annual award sponsored by jewelry supplies wholesaler Halstead Bead.
Winner announcement and Grant Site
Layne Designs on Etsy