Nick was born in Oxford in May, 1955. Whilst growing up he had originally wanted to study hand engraving as a career. However, soon after enrolling at UCE Birmingham, he changed direction and decided to train to become a silversmith instead.
It was whilst on this course that he met his wife Jean and in 1978, they set up their own business and began working from a small rented workshop in Birmingham’s historical Jewellery Quarter.
Here Nick spent many years making tiny, moving and opening sculptured models for the jewellery trade. Eventually continuing this love of miniaturization into his own work he went on to produce his first collection of jewellery in 1996.
Nick’s jewellery is figurative and whimsical and many pieces bear small messages of hope and affection. He draws on his inspiration from a passion for comic art, painting, music, literature, film and small treasures of bought and found objects that he collects with Jean.
Nick’s pieces are hand made in oxidized silver with many having moving parts and small doors that open to reveal fine gold detail.
He also produces larger exhibition pieces, one-off designs and often works to commission. Nick’s work is exhibited in over 80 outlets in the U.K. and overseas and has been bought by clients including Sue Townsend, Roddy Doyle, Nicholas Hytner, Frances De La Tour and Jill Murphy.
Each of Nick’s pieces of jewellery has a small engraving of a ‘Brick and Bean’ which easily identifies them as the original article. This logo is a play on words of his and his wife’s name ‘Nick and Jean!’
Today, they work from their studio; an old bakery overlooking the Staffordshire countryside with two dachshunds Treacle and Spangle for company. Their small family run business has help from an extended family of jewellery graduates and together they are the ‘Brick and Bean Team!