"The NICHE Awards began in 1989 to recognize the outstanding creative achievements of American craft artists who produce work for craft galleries and retail stores. Judging is based on three main criteria. Technical excellence, both in surface design and form, market viability, and a distinct quality of unique, original and creative thought"
"Only 180 entries out of more than 1,600 submissions were named as finalist in this years competition." There are 5 finalists per category that were announced in November and the awards ceremony was held January 16, 2016. My Wasp Ring (pictured below) was select as the *winner* of the silver category:)