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Fran Siegel Scholarship to
William Holland School of Lapidary Arts

This year two $1000 Fran Siegel Scholarships will be awarded for a week of learning at William Holland School.

Every year Midwest Metalsmiths is fortunate enough to give away a scholarship for someone to go to the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts in Young Harris, Georgia for a week.  This has been made possible through the Siegel family and this year they have been especially generous.

The school teaches not only lapidary arts, but also casting, glass fusing and so many more. This is a great opportunity to expand your jewelry vocabulary and go to Georgia as well. They have great accommodations for students in a beautiful rural setting.  The classes are filling up so we encourage you to register for the scholarship.

This scholarship is open to any Paid member of Midwest Metalsmiths.

TO APPLY: please send your name and your best contact information to:


The winning names will be drawn at our December 2 general membership meeting.

Deadline for entry is November 30th, 2023

William Holland-Metals Studio
William Holland-Studio

2022 Scholarships have been awarded!

Three $3000 scholarships have been awarded to undergrads or graduate students currently enrolled in a metals program at an accredited educational institution in the Midwest Region (Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Iowa). These scholarships were created to recognize outstanding metals student work and encourage the development of their metal skills.


The THREE 2022 Recipients

Katie DuVal Mihelich

Katie DuVal Mihelich

       Graduate Student

       MFA in Integrated Visual Arts

       Iowa State Univerisity

       Instructors: Joseph Muench


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Exhale by Katie DuVal Mihelich


Hand fabrication, filigree. Sterling silver, abalone, sea glass, pebbles.

10" x 10" x 0.25"

De Beers' Matrix by Katie DuVal Mihelich

De Beers' Matrix

Hand fabrication. Sterling silver and diamond.

4" x 8"

Wayfinding by Katie DuVal Mihelich


Hand fabricated hinged compact. Brass, sterling silver, citrine, iolite, found object.

5" x 3.5" x 0.5"

Lisa Geertsen

          Graduate Student

Master of Fine Arts emphasis in Metalsmithing/Blacksmithing

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Instructor - Richard Smith


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Hand Forged and Formed Steel, 30" x 18" x 6"

Above The Clouds by Lisa Geertsen

Above the Clouds

Forged and Fabricated Steel, Hand Carved Steatite, Rare Earth Magnets

8" x 6" x 3"

Lisa Geertsen Blacksmith

Photo Credit: Michelle Smith-Lewis

River Gods Series Brooch - Niads by Lisa Geertsen

River Gods Series Brooch - Niads

Reclaimed Wrought Iron, Sterling Silver, Bronze, Cubic Zircona, Tanzaninte, Sapphire.

3" x 2" x 1/8"

Sishi Wang Scholarship Recipient
Outsider by Sushi Wang


Silver, brass, enamel aspen wood, dried rose, dried chrysanthemum; Plique A Jour, fabricate

2.75 x 3.75 x 0.75”

Sishi Wang

          Graduate Student

          MFA in metalsmithing and jewelry
          Indiana University Bloomington
          Instructor: Nicole Jacquard


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The Treasure by Sushi Wang


Silver, enamel, paper; Cloisonne enamel, hand fabricate

3.4 x 2.7 x 0.7 in

Memento Brooch by Sushi Wang

The Treasure

sterling silver, fine silver, patina; Enamel, cloisonne, die form, fabrication

2.7 x 2 x 0.75

In Midewest Metalsmiths effort to meet an ongoing need in our commitment to contribute to youth in need at the Craft Alliance, we designated $500 to the Crafting a Future program to purchase metalsmithing tools. The tools would benefit all of the participates in Crafting a Future at the Craft Alliance during the summer months of 2019.

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