They say time flies when you’re having fun and we must be having plenty as we cannot believe that it has been a year since our last confession… I mean blog! Back in July last year we had the wonderful arrival of Nick and Jean’s newest addition Spangle (a wire haired sausage dog) who accompanied them on their return from Ludlow.
- Introducing Spangle
She has settled in very nicely and is the very best of friends with Treacle, Nick and Jean’s other Dachshund. They are a little duo of happiness in the workshop with their wagging tails and like nothing more than to seize the opportunity of getting on a free lap! Although it seems that we have very different ideas as to what constitutes as a ‘free’ lap compared with the views of our four legged friends.
- ‘Room for a little one? Errr, no not really, I’m trying to make some jewellery, but how can I say no?’
The ‘Brick and Bean’ extended family is ever growing as Jenni (who lends us her talented hands at our busiest times) had a beautiful little girl Seren back in August.
- Seren and the extended brick & bean family
In between celebrations Nick and Jean and the ‘brick and bean’ team were hard at it trekking down to London for the International Jewellery trade show and then straight back in the studio completing exhibition jewellery for the Dazzle exhibitions in Manchester and London.
Whilst trade shows are notoriously tiring events, they do give us the chance to unveil the new designs and for us to catch up with many of our lovely stockists.
- Hello Anna and Chris at Iapetus Gallery!
They also give us the opportunity to meet and form new working relationships with retailers that would like to stock Nick’s jewellery.
In the Autumn Nick added new pieces to the retail collection and we were thrilled to be invited to join the successful online marketplace Not on the High Street. We were becoming stretched at the busiest time of year and were therefore, very grateful when Nick and Jean’s friend Aya came to visit from Japan. She is a jeweller herself and offered to give us a much needed helping hand to complete the show Christmas orders and the orders generated by NOTHS.
- hello Aya, come and visit us again soon!
After the wedding of their eldest daughter Philippa to her husband Dave earlier last year Nick and Jean prepared a second time for their youngest daughter Liz’s wedding to her husband Scott just after Christmas. Both weddings were of course memorable, touching and elegant and we wish them all a lifetime of love and happiness together!
- Congratulations Philippa and Dave x
- Congratulations Liz and Scott x
the 'father of the bride' speech
Straight into the New Year and Nick was back at the bench, (no rest for a busy jeweller) designing 11 new pieces for the first of his trade shows during the year. A busy and exciting Birmingham show set a faced pace working regime for Katie and Helen here in the workshop as the orders came in thick and fast.
- Our Katie and Helen x
Straight from the orders it was quickly onto making jewellery for the Dazzle exhibition in Glasgow and Nick began designing a 2 new mini sculptures to exhibit with Iapetus in an exhibition to mark the Queens Jubilee.
- ‘Hurrying Bird comes to tea’
- ‘Very Important Penguin’
Wedding bells were once again in the air this year for Katie and her husband Adrian who were married in April with Helen performing bridesmaid duties! We said goodbye to Katie Mitchell….. and hello to Mrs Stone which we think is a very apt name for that of a jeweller!
- Congratulations Mr and Mrs Stone x
All work and no play makes for a dull life so here are a few evenings out that Nick and Jean have enjoyed. Visiting the National Theatre Warwick they have been to see two showings of Frankenstein directed by Danny Boyle. In the first play the monster was played by Jonny Lee Miller and Frankenstein played by Benedict Cumberbatch and in the second viewing the roles reversed. Jean informed us that Jonny Lee Miller makes the better monster or did she say that he was the better looker??? Nick and Jean were also honoured to be invited to the 70th birthday party of Gary Walker from the Walker brothers. Nick has also spent a little extra time in Norfolk with his dear parents…..
Mr and Mrs Hubbard (and Hannah)
Time in the workshop is moving along quickly as we gear up for Dazzle at Edinburgh and….dare we say it …..Christmas! We have been fortunate to have had the company of Amy and Zoe for a couple of weeks whilst on work experience and we wish them well in their route to their chosen professions.
Jean is busy producing her traditional silver charms and is currently hooked on watching ‘Cash Cabs’ – a game show hosted in the back of a real taxi. If you are new to this phenomenal TV quiz, you must tune in to channel 38 Quest and take a peak, it really is something else!
- Jean and Treacle ‘hard at work!’
During the year along with everything that we have mentioned, Nick is continually working on commissions for clients (we don’t know how he ever manages any time away from the bench – actually he doesn’t have much!) Nick really enjoys every aspect of making a bespoke piece of jewellery; from the initial contact with the client and hearing the thoughtful ways that gifts have been thought up or put together, often for a surprise. “Every commission is excitingly unique and for the period of time I am creating a specially made piece, I am lucky to have a little insight into the lives of kind people with heart-warming stories, it’s extremely touching!” We can certainly clarify that Nick has created several unique designs during the year.
- One of Nick’s most memorable commissions – a locket in which to house two clippings of cat fur!
- ‘There’s no place like home’ locket commission
You may be ‘Curiouser and Curiouser’ as to what designs are next for Nick Hubbard Jewellery. We think the clue is in the title but Nick is very secretive whilst he is in the early design stage and anything can change.
- Nick keeping his designs close to the bench!
What we can certainly promise you is that Nick, Jean and the B &B team will be back down to London for the trade show at the beginning of September with plenty of new designs, available from our delightful stockists towards the end of the year.
Along with trying to make some website improvements we are also working hard to add some new items to the online collection soon so watch this space. As you can see, we all work very hard, there are no idle thumbs here….. unless it’s elevenses, we always make time for Tunnocks and Tea!
The weather has been somewhat soggy with what has felt like endless rain clouds at times but we are happy to report that the sun always shines inside’ Brick and Bean’ towers as we continue to enjoy making what is dear to our hearts and keeping a good sense of humour. We are also blessed with kind and happy remarks and comments from our friends and for this we thank you all!
If you’re wondering about the UFO sighting…….if you are ever on the A454 heading from Ludlow to Bridgnorth with no other car insight, keep a look out for lights in the sky! All in a day of the lives of Brick and Bean!