Vibe advent #5: Maxwell Harrison Jewellery
Picture copyright: Heather Gibb of Heather Isobel Photography
Welcome to Vibe’s advent calendar, opening the doors on a Sheffield maker every day in December
Jewellery, a classic Christmas gift. And jewellery from Maxwell Harrison Jewellery is extra special because it has that made in Sheffield stamp. Maxwell Harrison doesn’t do in-your-face costume jewellery, think more minimalist pieces that will add that finishing touch to any outfit for any occasion. Vibe caught up with owner, designer and maker Jayne Harrison on how she turned a hobby into a business.
What does your business do?
I design and make sterling silver jewellery, using traditional techniques such as casting, forging, etching and enamelling. My work often (but not always) has a minimalist feel to it and sometimes incorporates semi-precious stones and found items such as seaglass and beach stones.
What was the inspiration for your business?
Initially, I started the business as I just wanted a way to fund what was becoming a very expensive hobby! Now, it's a definite labour of love and I've been able to take on commissions for some truly special pieces. I'm never happier than when I'm hammering or melting metal!
What is your ethos?
To make every day, wearable pieces that are both affordable and different to what you'll find in a typical high street jeweller.
What three things do you love about doing business in Sheffield?
Sheffield's history and reputation for making and manufacturing speaks for itself and I love that I'm now a part of that - I'm so proud to say that my jewellery is hand-made in Sheffield.
Of course you cannot not mention the people of Sheffield! On the whole, the city is so friendly and supportive of people forging a career in the creative industries. There is so much support available to fledgling businesses and micro entrepreneurs, from all kind of sources.
What are your hopes/plans for your business in 2017?
To continue to grow and dedicate more time to my business, as well as designing and launching a new collection inspired by the Ionian and Dodecanese islands of Greece.