New Stockist: John Lewis Birmingham

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This week sees the opening of the new John Lewis store in central Birmingham, right above the remodeled New Street Station and Grand Central shopping centre.

It’s not normally the kind of thing that I’d blog about (despite the architectural interest of the building) but John Lewis have done something pretty special with this store. Working in conjunction with local business groups they’ve set aside space in the Jewellery Department for a Jewellery Quarter concession of sorts, featuring the work of six Jewellery Quarter makers.

I was selected to take part earlier in the year and have had to keep pretty quiet about it until now but, with the store finished and opening tomorrow here are a few images from last night’s preview:

They’ll be selling my Flotsam and Estuary ranges, from now until after Christmas.

Looking back: workbenches

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Sorting through a pile of her old, film photographs my little sister just dug out this black and white image. It’s my first workbench, in a cold lean-to attached to my parents house, that we built when I finished university.

I had barely any machinery, just my university hand tools really, but it’s where my Flotsam range began and where I first made the choice to stick at being a jeweller. I’ve had two other works-paces since then, a small square one that I sublet from some other makers and my current home, all on Hylton Street in the Jewellery Quarter.

Sometimes it dazzles me, just how far I’ve come in seven years:

First and current workshop sm
The workshop then [2008/9] vs the workshop now [2014/15]