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Gillian Trask Picked as Ambassador of NYC Metal & Smith 2020 Show

Gillian Ambassador for Metal & Smith 2020



What is one of your most exciting moments in your career?

For me, the crack of turning on my torch is something I am super grateful for and look forward to each and every morning. Getting recognized for loving what I do? What better way for validation that Gillian Trask is on the right path.

Honestly- I tell people that ‘I finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up!’ While I hope to never REALLY grow up (I mean, what is creation without child-like wonder?) achieving this Ambassadorship makes me realize that maybe, just maybe, I’m able to give others the feeling of empowerment through my creations.

Want to know something else? Without @halsteadbead, @flourish_thrive @dougordway, @visualsage, Lauren Reynolds, @way2gowendy, @scadjewelrydept, @kristenbairdjewelry, @maya.ashes, @satanickate, @mothtoaflamejewelry, @christophercarpentino, @frogprincepaperie, @nathanscojewelers and of course, @coe_hhi, and all of my friends and family who have supported me though this crazy dream of Gillian Trask, I would never have been able to sit outside on this gorgeous Saturday and write this gratitude. Thank you, @metalandsmith. I’m beyond honored.



 Gillian Trask Placed Top Ten Nationally


Gillian Trask placed in the Top Ten for the Halstead Grant 2019 Annual National competition. She says, 'I am beyond excited to be a part of the Halstead Grant finalist family! This application process itself isn't for the faint of heart, but through its completion I now have a 1,000 foot perspective of my business and all the details in-between. Thank you @halsteadbead for your faith in my business and in me. I can't wait to see what the future brings! Congratulations to all of the finalists and to @emmaelizabethjewelry. I know how much hard work you all put into this, and the recognition is so well-deserved. You guys are rockstars!'
The Halstead Grant started in 2006 and has helped many talented jewelry artists gain a foothold in this challenging field. Past winners agree that receiving the award was a turning point early in their careers when they were wavering on whether or not the jewelry studio was the right place for them. Being singled out by the grant program affirmed their choices and gave them a push to make their business dreams a reality. The Halstead Grant is a special annual award given to jewelry designers and makers who are in their first three years of business.
'It's an exciting way to start my first year of business, for sure!' Gillian says. 'I am so honored to be a part of this special group of talented jewelry designers. I can't wait to see what the future will bring. Hopefully it's more strong empowering pieces.'
Since the 2019 competition, Halstead Bead has extended the application process to the first five years of business for designers.