JPHii Design entered the grant competition for the first time three years ago and was a Top 10 Finalist in 2012. With determination and fine-tuning owner John Harris resubmitted his work earning him top 5 finalist spots in both 2013 and 2014. Over the last several years I’ve written posts on John and his work. I am amazed that each time I see his portfolio and his latest projects as a jewelry artist, musician, writer and director they have impressed me once again. As a designer he not only stretches his imagination far outside the box, he creates pieces and collections that work, no matter how unusual and improbable they seem. With John’s designs continuously growing and expanding, it makes each trip to his website exciting and new.
In 2012, John was just taking off in the jewelry world with two collections under his belt. Geared, which uses parts from rare machines to create steampunk pieces and his popular recycled drum cymbal collection called A Cymbal as A Symbol, with proceeds from the sales going to charities dear to him.
2013 kicked off his Mycelium Collection, which is inspired by the complexities of an intricate mushroom root.This collection grew to include two others as well, Mycelium One which focuses on military and industrial styles and the dinosaur-era Prehistoric Mycelium.
The beginning: born in Syracuse, NY John Harris explored all aspects of the art world finally focusing on metals as his primary field. He studied at Buffalo Sate College earning two Bachelor of Arts degrees, one in Anthropology and the other in Jewelry/Metal Design in 2012. He combined the two degrees emerging on the other side as a published author creating props from his book using his metalsmithing skills. Although primarily a jewelry designer his creations range from prosthetics and clothes to knives and masks, with a dozen other items in between. JPHii Design can be found on Etsy with pieces ranging from $25 – 150.
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 2015 jewelry grant application and eligibility details.