Cline Jewelers announces Edmonds ‘Top Jewelry Designer’ winner

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Frank Wieditz has been selected as the winner of Cline Jewelers’ inaugural jewelry design competition. Wieditz’s Edmonds-themed pendant design will be awarded a first place prize of $500 and he will be given special recognition for the “top designer” at the July 21 Edmonds Art Walk reception.

Wieditz is a native of Bamberg, Germany, and holds BS and MFA degrees from the University of Washington. A minimalist, he draws on a mathematical background and his German heritage to “reduce objects to their most basic forms while still representing dimensional concepts.” His winning pendant design depicts an abstract and modern interpretation of the Edmonds waterfront.

Wieditz’s work has been shown in the Henry Gallery as well as regional and local juried shows. He currently resides in Seattle.

Second-place winner is 10-year-old Ashley Kitchner, who is a fifth grader at Brighton School in Lynnwood and recent participant in the Edmonds Arts Festival.  Third place will be presented to Edmonds residents Shannon and Kevin Black.

The winning design is being produced by Cline Jewelers’ on-site craftsmen;  local residents may view them working and enter to win the prototype pendant by visiting Cline between now and the Art Walk Reception.  Cline Jewelers is located next to Starbuck’s at 105 5th Ave. S., Edmonds.

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