Hello, I'm Juliet an Industrial Designer based in Rotorua. I started Jura Design & Makery in 2017 when my family moved home to Rotorua to live. Having been freelance designing in Wellington for over 5 years whilst also building my own jewellery brand I decided to open my studio doors to new clients and teach the skills I have learnt over my career in the form of workshops. The name came from my name 'JU' for Juliet & 'RA' for Ramson, JURA!
In 2009 I graduated from Massey University in Wellington with a Bachelor of Industrial Design with honours. On completion of my final year of study I was awarded the Zonta Award as the Top Female Industrial Designer.
In Wellington I operated a freelance graphic & product design service to various clients around Wellington. Working with businesses such as: Wellington Museums, Carter Observatory, City and Sea, Hutt City Council, Aspect Furniture and several Wellington based early childhood centres. I then moved into a lighting design role at a commerical lighting company in Wellington. Here I used my graphic design and marketing skills to assist the sales team, expand product ranges, develop custom lighting designs and learn the ropes of operating a small business.
With a love of New Zealand contemporary jewellery I guess it was inevitable I would use my Industrial Design background to create my own jewellery lines at some stage. In 2011 this became a reality as I launched my first collection 'In a past life' inspired by building waste and creating new wearable pieces from it. I began selling my collections branded under Found Jewellerywhich has developed greatly since and now includes regular designer collections, bespoke wedding and engagement rings, collaborative brand jewellery and global sales.