Made in Jersey

Small ar­ti­sanal pro­duc­tion flour­ishes in Jersey. Carla Passino looks at some of the is­land’s most in­ter­est­ing busi­nesses

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Small ar­ti­sanal pro­duc­tion flour­ishes on the is­land. Carla Passino looks at some of its most in­ter­est­ing busi­nesses

For an is­land that’s smaller than some Lon­don bor­oughs, Jersey has long had an as­ton­ish­ingly vi­brant food and craft scene. A knit­ting pow­er­house in the Mid­dle Ages, it later branched out into what John Gar­ton, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Gen­uine Jersey, an as­so­ci­a­tion that sup­ports lo­cal prod­ucts, calls ‘the best cows on the planet, the creami­est milk and the Cham­pagne of pota­toes’, as well as suc­cu­lent oys­ters and Marine Ste­ward­ship Coun­cil-cer­ti­fied lob­sters.

Lately, Jersey has seen a boom in ar­ti­sanal pro­duc­tion, rang­ing from hand­made jew­ellery to eco-friendly sea salt. Mr Gar­ton puts this down to the fact that the is­land’s life­style gives peo­ple time to have a pas­sion ‘and that pas­sion some­times leads into pro­duc­ing goods’.

It helps that as­so­ci­a­tions such as Gen­uine Jersey as well as lo­cal restau­rants, re­tail­ers and res­i­dents are vo­cal cham­pi­ons of small pro­duc­ers. ‘There is a good net­work of peo­ple. It’s a re­ally good build­ing block for en­tre­pre­neur­ial ac­tiv­ity.’

Lisa Le Brocq

Jersey’s nat­u­ral re­sources are the main in­spi­ra­tion be­hind Lisa Le Brocq’s con­tem­po­rary jew­ellery. Ham­mer­ing away at sil­ver sheets in her St He­lier stu­dio, she re­pro­duces the form and tex­ture of the is­land’s shells, peb­bles and flow­ers in quirky pen­dants, which she then com­bines in neck­laces, ear­rings and ban­gles, cre­at­ing small snap­shots of ev­ery­day life in Jersey (07797 783039; www.lisale­brocq.com)

Jersey Pot­tery

Broth­ers Charles and Ed­ward Pot­ter be­gan mak­ing and sell­ing Bri­tish-style pot­tery in 1946, when dec­o­ra­tive­ware pro­duc­tion was banned in the UK, but al­lowed in Jersey. The Jones fam­ily bought the com­pany in the 1950s and the fourth gen­er­a­tion is now at the helm. All the de­signs—from the del­i­cate flow­ers of the Stel­laria col­lec­tion to the hens in the Wacky Chicken range—are de­vised on the is­land (01534 850850; http://jer­sey­pot­tery.com)

Jane James

Two pas­sions—pot­tery and the sea—come to­gether in the work of Jane James. She turns fish, beach huts and coastal birds into strik­ing, hand­made ce­ram­ics that are painted with spe­cial glazes to re-cre­ate the gleam of sea­wa­ter. Many of her ce­ram­ics are mounted on pieces of drift­wood col­lected on lo­cal beaches (01534 866523; www.jane-james.co.uk)

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