Finding her niche in the jewelry world fairly quickly, Amber Harrison is off and running! 2012 was a huge year for Amber, she graduated with a BFA from the University of Michigan School of Art & Design, she opened the Amber D. Harrison Studio and debuted her first wearable jewelry collection, Bittersweet Adornment: Tasting & Memories.
“Amber’s goal is to create work within the contemporary art jewelry context, and forge it with the everyday life for those who would otherwise be hesitant of art. She feels there is an untapped space between what is shown on gallery walls, and what is often sold in gallery gift stores. This space is where she believes her work fits, and where she hopes to develop accessibility and enthusiasm for the curious viewers.”
Since 2012 she has shown in several juried art fairs and exhibitions including Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center Holiday Store in Birmingham, MI and Molten: A Glass & Metals Show at the Kavanagh Gallery in St. Charles, IL where she received a Ribbon of Merit. She now has several jewelry lines on her website and has collaborated with Optik Birmingham to create a new Eyewear Collection.
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 2014 jewelry grant application and eligibility details.