The Danaca Design International RING SMACKDOWN begins TODAY!

Today is the day. The day so many of you have been waiting for. The Danaca Design International RING SMACKDOWN begins TODAY! 

Every morning during the month of April I will be posting information on our Instagram feed @danacdesignstudio about the ring matches of the day. There will be up to four matches each day. The posts will include images, video and the story behind the rings to help you choose your favorite. 

At 9:00 AM Pacific Time; voting opens for exactly 24 hours in our Instagram story. This is where you can vote for your favorite rings! When you are ready, head to our Instagram page @danacadesignstudio and find the stories behind the green flower. There you will tap TOP, BOTTOM, LEFT or RIGHT based on the location of your favorite ring. Don’t worry if the story passes before you get a chance to vote. You can go back. There are going to be some VERY difficult choices…that is just the nature of the game.  

Not sure what I’m talking about? Read more about the competition HERE. 

VERY IMPORTANT: ALL of these rings are available to purchase AND you can see them all in person in our GALLERY SHOWROOM! Seriously, don’t miss this chance to see the rings in real life. They are worth the trip! Request access information to the showroom HERE. 

Battle of the Rings, otherwise known as the Ring Smackdown, is a head-to-head, tournament style, single-elimination juried competition and virtual event. First conceived in the spring of 2020, this event encourages creativity, comradery among artists and a passion for the art of jewelry, most especially the ring. This year our Jurors, Elizabeth Shypertt and Jim Dailing, juried 64 rings from a pool of 136 submissions from 16 countries. The rings will compete in daily matches on Instagram, April 4-29. All 64 rings plus 1 alternate are available for purchase through April, a wonderful opportunity for both collectors and participating artists. 


Have fun and good luck! 


Yukata Jewelry Show Open at Danaca Design 

This week we opened a very special exhibition, Yukata Jewelry Show 2022. This exciting show is a creative collaboration between Okan Arts and Danaca Design. Vintage hand-dyed yukata cotton from Japan is the inspiration for the work in this second iteration of our Yukata Jewelry Show. The fabric, provided by Okan Arts, was sourced from vendors across Japan—antique shops, vintage warehouses, used kimono shops, and pickers. Danaca Design invited twenty artists from across the country to take the challenge—to design a piece of jewelry inspired by or made from this luscious and dynamic fabric. 

We will be posting pieces from the show this month on FB and Instagram but you can see the entire exhibition on our website now or COME VISIT US IN THE GALLERY SHOWROOM! The show is beautiful. If you haven’t visited the showroom yet, now is the time. We’ve never had so much wall space to play with in our gallery! 

View this unique exhibition is online and in the Danaca Design Seattle Showroom March 4-29, 2022 

Find Showroom info HERE! 

See the full Yukata Jewelry collection HERE. 

For additional information visit www.danacadesign.com 

Participating Artists: 
Angela Gleason 
April Ottey 
Carolina Andersson 
Cynthia Toops 
Dana Cassara 
DeAnna Puls 
Helen Cowart 
Jane Pellicciotto 
Juan Reyes 
Laurel Nathanson 
Maia Leppo 
Maru Almeida 
Megan Corwin 
Molly Epstein 
Nancy Bonnema 
Ronda Miller 
Tegan Wallace 
Vicky Zomenou 
Virginia Causey 
Yuko Tanaka 


Battle of the Rings: Ring Smackdown 2022 – CALL TO ARTISTS



Battle of the Rings, otherwise known as the Ring Smackdown, is a head-to-head, tournament style, single-elimination juried competition and virtual event with a top prize of $500.  64 rings will be selected by two jurors and drafted into teams as selected by the jurors. Selected rings will be paired into matches for competition. Matches will be posted daily for exactly 24 hours, to our Instagram story for public vote, April 4-29 at 9:00am PST. Each ring can win up to three points in a single match. One is given to the winner of the Instagram poll; the other two points come from the jurors. The ring with the most points advances to the next round. All selected rings will be posted to our Instagram feed and available to purchase through our online gallery and Danaca Design Showroom.  


  • One submission per artist
  • The ring must be an original design created by submitting artist
  • The ring must not exceed 4x4x4 inches
  • The ring must fit fingers between sizes 5-10
  • No restriction on the nature of material used or shape within above parameters.
  • All selected rings must be available for purchase through Danaca Design Gallery 50/50 split; for the duration of the tournament.
  • All selected rings must be shipped to Danaca Design and the artists will be responsible for return shipping if the ring does not sell.
  • The retail price of the ring must not exceed $1,200
  • Suggested entry fee of $5-$25


Submission Deadline: February 21, 2022 (Enter HERE) 

Artist Notification Date: February 28, 2022 

Rings Due to Gallery: March 15, 2022 

Competition/Show Dates: April 4-29, 2022 

Jurors: Elizabeth Shypertt and Jim Dailing



Q: Can I submit and older ring?
A: Sure! Just not a ring that has previously been entered in the battle.

Q: Can I submit a ring from overseas?
A: Yes!

Q: Can I submit a multiple finger ring?
A: Yes! As long as it fit fingers 5-10.

Battle of the Rings: Ring Smackdown 2022 Jury

The jury has been selected for the Ring Smackdown 2022 and we couldn’t be more pleased! As always, we handpick a well-balanced jury to ensure an exciting and diverse mix of excellent rings for the competition. Representing Team Shanks will be Elizabeth Shypertt, long time gallerist, curator and collector of contemporary jewelry. Jim Dailing, a seasoned teacher and maker of exquisite fine jewelry especially rings, will head team Mandrels.

Read more about our jurors below!


Team Shanks – Elizabeth Shypertt

Elizabeth co-founded and ran Velvet da Vinci Gallery in San Francisco for 23 years. During that time, she organized more than 80 exhibitions including one-person and group shows. Working with other galleries and organizations including the British Crafts Council and the National Museums of Scotland, she curated and organized many traveling exhibitions, including Chess, Rings, and Anti-War Medals. The last show she curated at Velvet da Vinci was La Frontera, an exhibition about the Mexico/US border which opened at the Franz Mayer Museum in Mexico City. It was later on display at Velvet da Vinci, and at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City.

Since leaving the gallery, Elizabeth has curated jewelry shows for the Petaluma Arts Center in Petaluma, California, the Center for Enamel Arts in Berkely, California and for Shibumi Gallery, also in Berkeley. 2019 she curated a show of SNAG Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Tex Gieling for the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco.

She has been a juror for the Emeryville Celebration of the Arts in Emeryville, California, for the Academy of Art in San Francisco among other venues and also for the publication, 500 Pendants and Lockets by Lark Books.

Elizabeth is a long-standing member of the local Metal Arts Guild and the Art Jewelry Forum and was a board member for both organizations. She is currently on the board of the Society of North American Goldsmiths.

She has recently taken a new position at the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco as Jewelry Manager for the Museum Store.


Team Mandrels – Jim Dailing

Jim Dailing has been designing and creating mostly one-of-a-kind engagement and wedding rings for clients from around the world for nearly 40 years.  He specializes in creating rings. Jim writes, “I love hands and how each hand is unique and because of all that hands can do, express and create.  I choose to create mostly engagement and wedding rings because of their importance to my clients and I’m drawn to the fact that my rings will be around long after I am gone.”

Jim holds a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and MFA from the Tyler School of Art. He has taught at the University of Oregon, Oregon College of Art and Crafts, University of Portland, Central Oregon Community College as well as classes and workshops at schools and craft centers around the country. Currently, he teaches virtually and in-person workshops in stone setting, gold alloying and fabrication and wax carving.


Pop Up Jewelry Event with Ryan Gardner

Join us on Friday December 3, 5-7pm for a pop up trunk show with jeweler Ryan Gardner. This will be our first in-person event in nearly two years! Location to be announced.

Ryan is also teaching a stone carving class on Saturday and Sunday, December 4 and 5. We have ONE spot left! Learn more and register HERE.

Ryan Gardner
Participation in the arts was always important to me growing up. A strong arts program in high school influenced my decision to pursue a degree in the arts. I chose the arts program at Bowling Green State University in northwest Ohio where I discovered and fell in love with metals. I was introduced to many artists, including Michael Boyd, who became an inspiration for me.
Upon graduation I apprenticed for Michael Boyd at his studio in Colorado. That experience turned into an eight year adventure that continues today. It was with Michael that I learned to work with and manipulate stone, adding a new element to my love of jewelry design.
Since being in Colorado I have started my own business, Ryan Gardner Designs. I now showcase my work in galleries across the country. I love working with combining stone and metal in new ways creating works of art for people to enjoy in their daily lives.

Weekly Gallery Artist Feature

Get to know the Danaca Design Gallery artists and their work by joining us on Instagram or Facebook for regular weekly features. Beginning the first week of August, we will highlight the jewelry and story of one artist from our gallery each week. Over the course of the week, expect to see multiple photos of their work, details about their artistic process and a few personal stories too. 

As it turns out this project will take us straight through to the end of the year! 

We hope you’ll enjoy learning a little more about our artists and the diverse collection in our unique gallery. Hopefully you’ll find a couple great holiday gifts as well! 

View the jewelry HERE.


Battle of the Rings/Ring Smackdown 2021. VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITES MAY 3- 28!


Dear friends, 

I recently read a blog post by Betsy Brown: Update from an Epidemic, about the new buzzword languishing.” Betsy wrote, “It can mean the blah, unmotivated feeling we are all having. Not quite depression but definitely not feeling joy. Languishing can also mean being stuck in an unpleasant place or situation.” I am definitely experiencing a little bit of that. How about you? Who would’ve thought, one year later, we would need a pick me up? 

Languish no longer! Join us next month for an exciting event, Battle of the Rings, otherwise known as the Ring Smackdowna head-to-head, tournament style, single-elimination juried competition and virtual event. First conceived and produced in the spring of 2020, this event encourages creativity, comradery among artists and a passion for the art of jewelry, most especially THE RING. This year our esteemed Jurors, Cappy Counard and Kirk Lang, juried 64 rings from a pool of 166 submissions from 24 countries. The rings will compete in daily matches on Instagram, May 3-28. 

The guidelines for this competition are simple. The rings must be of an original design, fit within a certain size restriction, with a maximum purchase price of $1,200.  These exceptional rings are gold, plastic and everything in between. Some are perfect for daily wear; others are best suited for your art collection. MANY of them move, spin, spiral, flip, fly and shoot expressing an over-arching theme of play. Others are just simply magnificently beautiful, masterfully constructed or irresistibly precious. No two are even remotely alike. All 64 rings plus 9 alternates are available for purchase throughout the month of May, a wonderful opportunity for both collectors and participating artists. 

View, read about, and purchase ALL of the rings HERE

View ALL the matches HERE 

How to Participate: 

The jurors have “drafted” 32 rings each, onto their teams The Shanks and The Mandrels. Daily matches between the teams will be posted to our Instagram story for public vote EVERYDAY, May 3-28 at 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Timeup to four per day! 

All voting happens online, at the Danaca Design Studio Instagram account only @danacadesignstudioRead about the rings first and then VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITESVoting happens through our Instagram Stories for 24 hours. While in the app, tap our flower icon by our account name. This will reveal our current story and the daily matches. Pick your favorite rings in the match by tapping “TOP” or “BOTTOM” OR “LEFT” or “RIGHT” in the poll.  You can view the poll multiple times before voting but you can only vote once–one vote per person per ring. The winner of the Instagram poll advances into the next round. Click on the links in the Instagram post to view more pictures of each ring.  

This is a VERY exciting event. DON’T MISS IT! 

One Ring to Rule Them All; May the Best Ring Win! 


Until then we have ONE MORE Jewelry Trivia Night, THIS WEEK, Thursday, April 29 6:30 – 8:00 PM PST. Test your jewelry knowledge! Find all the details HERE

See our Current Class Listings HERE

Learn more about these events, up-coming classes and our tool and supply shop at www.danacadesign.com where we have been keeping it fun and creative for nearly 18 years! 



Battle of the Rings: Ring Smackdown 2021

Battle of the Rings is a head-to-head, tournament style, single-elimination juried competition and virtual event with a top prize of $500. Two jurors will draft 32 rings each onto their team. The selected 64 rings will be paired into matches that will be posted daily to our Instagram page and story, May 3-28 at 9:00am PST. The public will vote throughout the day for their favorite ring, the ring with the most votes, advances into the next round. All selected rings will be available to purchase through our online gallery and in the store-front gallery, circumstances permitting.  

Competition/Show Dates: May 3-28, 2021 

Esteemed Jurors: Cappy Counard and Kirk Lang 

View all 166 entries HERE.


One Year Ago and Approaching Normalcy, with Caution!

Dear Friends,

One year ago, I was expecting a visitor from Beijing. A day before her scheduled departure, ALL flights were canceled from China. Shortly thereafter, she was in TOTAL lockdown. It was then I began to think, maybe this virus thing is more serious than we know…

None-the-less, we took our annual trip to Arizona, via Joshua Tree, for the Yuma Arts SymposiumAs a joke (I think) someone passed out surgical masks during the annual pin exchange. It was funny, ironic and of course, later I regretted not keeping it!  Well, the rest is history, one with which we are all too familiar. 

For the first time in a year, I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. How about you? 

You may or may not be aware that I made some significant changes to the studio last summer. I put the gallery into storage, bought us jewelry benches and expanded the classroom into the front of the building. We are now a six-bench studio, rather than 12, with twice as much space: six very comfortable, socially distanced benches with a complete set of hand tools and a hammering station at each bench. These changes allowed us to finish out most of our rescheduled classes last year and they will allow us to move forward towards normalcy. Albeit slowly, forward we must move. 

Below are some of the activities for you can look forward to at Danaca Design Studio in the next few weeks, including Jewelry Trivia (this Thursday!), Ring Smackdown 2021 and IN STUDIO CLASSES! 

FIRST: ZOOM JEWELRY TRIVIA was a BLAST, so we are doing it again, this Thursday, FEBRUARY 25, 6:30-8:00. Looking for some good, clean fun and a little community building, join Danaca Design and Andy Cooperman and other jewelers and metalsmiths from across the country to TEST YOUR JEWELRY KNOWLEDGE! You must register HERE to participate! 

SECOND: It’s official. THE RING SMACKDOWN 2021 IS ON! Battle of the Rings, otherwise known as the Ring Smackdown, is a head-to-head, single-elimination juried ring competition and virtual event with a top prize of $500. #maythebestringwin. We are pleased to announce Cappy Counard and Kirk Lang as our 2021 esteemed jurors. SUBMISSION DEADLINE MARCH 31. Please share this call and find ALL the details HERE! 

LAST: but not least, WE’VE GOT CLASSES ON THE SCHEDULE! I know some of you are ready to get back into the studio and well, some of us are too. And while we are not 100% back to normal we are definitely working towards it starting with top qualityin studio classes. The classes are small and a bit shorter, windows are open with a refreshing cross-breeze, and of course everyone is masked but other than that, it’s pretty normal and just as much fun! See what’s on the schedule next below and all the classes HERE. 

Kiln Fire Enameling Basics IFebruary 28. Get a taste for timeless and vibrant beauty of colored glass on metal it in this quick one-day workshop with Michelle Zeidman. Details HERE. 

It Ain’t Just A Drill, HANDS-ON: Getting the Most Out Of Your Flex Shaft, March 6 and 7So, you’re a jeweler or metalsmith about to be stranded on a desert island (for some inexplicable reason this island has, along with coconuts, electricity).  You can bring only one tool. What tool do you bring? Andy Cooperman will show you why it should be a flexible shaft. Details HERE. 

Bang & Bend: Small-Scale Jewelry ForgingMarch 26-28. Moving metal with a hammer—forging—lies at the very heart of jewelry and metalsmithing and is one of its great joys with Andy Cooperman. Details HERE. 


We are looking forward to seeing you soon! 




STATE│meant 2020  Significant and Powerful Jewelry

Dear friends,

I am inspired. We offered jewelry artists an opportunity to speak out on challenging subjects to raise money for organizations significant to them. And speak out they did. The subjects range from immunization and global climate change to human rights and the post office. The thoughtfulness and diversity of the work demonstrates a complex range of concerns with a common thread: a sincere concern for the wellbeing of our planet and most especially those living on it.

STATE│meant is a show of Significant and Powerful Jewelry. The statements come in the form of necklaces, brooches, bracelets…there is even a tiara. Shown above is a powerful set titled, “To Wear the Ring, You Must Choose Another to Wear the Brooch” by artist Deborah Boskin.

Our jurors, moved by the eloquence of the submitting artists, selected work for both its strength in messaging through design and the clarity of their written statements.

This is a FUNDRAISER. A minimum of 50% of proceeds from each sale will be donated to the organization of the artist’s choosing and there are many! Help us help them by spreading the word. Share this post and tune in to @danacadesignstudio on Instagram for multiple postings daily and to vote, beginning Monday, October 19, for best in show.  We will announce the winner on November 4, 2020!

I made two pieces for this show. Show here is “Lacey Dissent Collar”.  Made in memory of Ruth Bader Ginsberg and in support of Planned Parenthood and in turn, ALL women across the United States. Made from heavy gauge sterling silver, the necklace is roll-printed with antique lace generously donated to the project by a good friend; it was his grandmother’s. The design boldly displays the symbol for woman. It is both overtly feminine and fierce.

I grew up during a golden age in a place with a conscience and a mother who, through necessity knew her own strength. From a young age, I understood I could become whatever I wanted. There were no limits or expectations, EXCEPT I had to go to college. From experience, my mom knew the value of an education, so “I would never need to be dependent on a man”. As a child I didn’t fully understand that girls of my mother’s generation experienced a very different upbringing. That, in fact, my experience was a small slice in time and geography. I took it for granted.

Our right to vote and choose our own future was fought for by our mothers and people like my friend’s grandmother.  It is our responsibility to ensure the generations who follow are guaranteed at the very minimum the same.


Thank you to our esteemed jurors, Keith Lewis and Nancy Megan Corwin.



Thanks you too all the participating artists and to all of you out there supporting us and the things we care about.



Fight For the Things You Care About

Powerful words from a woman who cared deeply about justice. What is dear to your heart? Are you doing everything you can to fight for it? If you’re a jeweler, I challenge you to do one more thing. I challenge you to Speak up! with a powerful piece of statement jewelry. And because I think this is so important, I have extended deadline!

jewelry competicion
Statement jewelry exhibition, competition and fundraiser.

Call to Artists

Juried Exhibition, Competition and Fundraiser

NEW Deadline 10/5/20


STATE│meant is an opportunity for you to speak out on challenging subjects and raise money for an organization significant to you. Make something new or submit an older piece. Two jurors will select work for this important show in six categories: brooches, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, and headpieces. Selected work will be sold in our online gallery in support of the non-profit organization of the artists’ choosing. Starting in mid-October, to raise awareness for the project, each piece will compete on Instagram for best in category and ultimately best in show. The competition will be by popular vote with the winner announced November 4, 2020.

These are unprecedented times…got something to say about it? Now is your chance! Please share this.


  • One submission per artist
  • The object must be an original design created by submitting artist
  • The object must not exceed 8” x 8” x 8”
  • No restriction on the nature of material used, however it must be designed to wear.
  • The object must be for sale: 50% of each piece will go direct to the organization of the artist’s choice, 25% to the artist, 25% to the gallery.
  • All selected objects will be for sale in our online gallery for the duration of the event. Danaca Design Gallery will process all sales.
  • The retail price of the object must not exceed $1,600.00 USD.
  • Artists are responsible to provide professional quality images of the work for jury and for the online gallery.
  • Artists will be responsible to drop-ship sold work to purchasing party
  • Suggested entry fee of $10-$25



Submission Deadline: October 5, 2020 (ENTRY FORMS HERE)

Artist Notification Date: October 9, 2020

Competition/Show Dates: October 15-November 3, 2020

Our esteemed jurors: Keith Lewis and Nancy Megan Corwin


To inspire you I made a piece for the show. Remember the red sun and hazardous air from mid-September? So much has happened since then and the skies are now blue again, almost as if it never happened…but it did, no matter how that fact blurs over time. And it will likely happen again in part because the climate is changing.

I am fortunate to live near the water in Seattle. Every night at dusk a stream of seagulls fly west for the night. My friend calls it the “seagull highway”. I have no idea where they go but there are hundreds, maybe thousands every night, even last week. It got me thinking about all of the animals doing their best to survive under increasingly challenging circumstances. The difference between them and us is we can do something about it.

I made this brooch, a red sun with a stream on seagulls, in response to these thoughts and observations. I have titled it, “An Eerie Silence”, something all bird lovers noticed during those smoke filled days, no bird song… 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this brooch will be donated to The National Audubon Society. Look for it in our gallery in October!

Can’t wait to see what you all come up with!