Hans Christensen as a professor at RIT
The award is named after the late Hans Christensen, silversmith at Georg Jensen Silversmithy in Denmark, and Professor of Silversmithing at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York. The annual award will honor those individuals who have made significant contributions to the field.
These full-size, engraved sterling hammers are patterned after a 50th birthday present given to Hans in 1974 by his students. Hans's initials are on one side of the base, and the recipients initials on the other. The annual winner also receives a certificate and his or her work and biography immortalized on this Web site.
Jon Parry, David Pimentel, Tom Sandretto
Cast sterling hammer, black walnut handle, maple hammer head wedges
(representing the flag of Denmark), and assembly
Hand sawed sterling letters (Hans's initials are on one side of the base, and the recipient's initials on the other)
Back walnut base and sterling hammer supports
Byron Whitehurst (donated)
Who Can Nominate?
Anyone visiting this site.
The Silversmith Being Nominated
Will have produced a large volume of work, demonstrating exceptional design and craftsmanship;
Must be living;
Must be a United States citizen;
Must have a minimum of 25 years of professional experience;
Can be an academic, self-employed, or working in the industry;
Can be a SAS member or non-member.
The 2007 Selection Committee
Jeffrey Herman, Founder & Executive Director of SAS
Thomas Sandretto, Supporting Member of SAS and originator of the Christensen Award
The Selection Process
The selection committee will review all nominations and, at its discretion, select the award recipient.