John Harris, a Top 10 Finalist of The Halstead Grant, spent years working with different mediums as an artist before choosing metals. Born in Syracuse, NY he moved to Buffalo where he began his career merging jewelry design with his love for Anthropology. Studying at Buffalo State College, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jewelry/Metal Design in 2012.
His jewelry designs include his successful Mycelium Collection (which is based on the root patterns of a mushroom), steampunk designs, bronze & steel bottle openers and a Cymbal Series using recycled drum cymbals. Almost every piece John has created is unique and one-of-a-kind.
Harris wrote a book called The True Survivors about an anthropologist who travels in the future after the apocalypse. He spent three years during college studying, writing and creating the jewelry and other metal pieces that were showcased in his book.
Halstead awards a business grant to a new jewelry designer in the bridge segment each summer. The grant awards $6,000 in start-up capital and merchandise to a new design company. If you are starting a new jewelry design business, please check out the 2013 jewelry grant application and eligibility details.