Meet The Maker – Nick Hubbard

Nick Hubbard - Jeweller

Nick Hubbard – Jeweller

Running Hare brooch

Running Hare brooch £135

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.

Sieze The Day silver and gold cufflinks

Seize The Day silver and gold cufflinks £148

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. 

Singing Bird ring £

Singing Bird ring £163

Singing Bird ring (open shot) £

Singing Bird ring (open shot) £163

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.

Time For Tea ring

Time For Tea ring £163

Time For Tea ring

Time For Tea ring (inside shot) £163

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.

Owl And Pussycat brooch

Owl And Pussycat necklace £298

Talk of The Devil necklace £

Talk of The Devil necklace £205

Nick’s pieces are hand made in oxidized silver with many having moving parts and small doors that open to reveal fine gold detail. 

One Love Two Wishes Three Kisses ring £

One Love Two Wishes Three Kisses ring £293

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.

Midsummer's Night necklace £

Midsummer’s Night necklace £293

Midsummer's Night necklace (open shot) £

Midsummer’s Night necklace (open shot) £293

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!’

Sweet Dreams charm bracelet £

Sweet Dreams charm bracelet £370

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!

A selection of Nick's work but do bob in to see some more x

A selection of Nick’s work but do bob in to see some more x

3 thoughts on “Meet The Maker – Nick Hubbard

  1. This is such sad news, my thoughts are with Nick’s wife Jean and family. I met Nick at his work shop over 10years ago, when I was a student and studying his work, he was an inspiration.
    such a lovely man x

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