Seller Profile – Maxwell Harrison

Name
Jayne Harrison

Etsy Shop Name
Maxwell Harrison

A bit about my product range
I design and make sterling silver jewellery using traditional techniques – my favourites are casting, forging and acid etching. My work often (but not always) has a minimalist feel to it and sometimes incorporates semi-precious stones. I’ve recently introduced a range of concrete accessories for storing and displaying jewellery. I originally made these to show off my pieces at events and got just as much positive feedback on them as the jewellery they were holding, so putting them into production was a bit of a no-brainer, really!

I started an Etsy shop because…
I wanted a way to fund what was becoming a very expensive hobby! I knew that jewellery was something that I wanted to try to make a career out of and Etsy seemed like an ideal way to test the waters, as well as giving me instant access to an international audience. Being part of Sheffield Sellers on Etsy really helped me to get going and I’m always learning from our more experienced team members.

I feel inspired by…
Simple geometric shapes, unusual textures and repeating patterns found in nature. I love picking up items on the beach and wondering how I could incorporate them into something tactile and wearable.

When I’m making, I like to listen to…
BBC 6 Music or one of umpteen Spotify playlists I have on the go. I love a bit of Queens of The Stone Age or Black Rebel Motorcycle Club when I’m hammering metal and Scroobius Pip’s “Distraction Pieces” podcast is great for calmer moments.

My favourite product to make is…
My little nugget stud earrings. I make them from puddles of molten, recycled silver and I just never know what’s going to happen when I hit the metal with my blowtorch. There is a certain element of predictability, but each earring ends up with a unique shape and texture and there’s just something lovely and satisfying about that.

My plans for the future are…
To design a brand new, botanical-themed collection for spring/summer 2018 and to get my work stocked in more physical locations, as well as continuing with my Etsy shop. A little further ahead, I am aiming to go part-time with my day job and eventually, work full-time on my own business.

A few of their products…