Located in Savage, Maryland, Jul Design is owned and operated by founder Laura Bellows. Laura was trained as an anthropologist at the University of Virginia, earning her PhD in cultural anthropology in 2003 based on two years of field research in Bali, Indonesia. It is this intimate adventure in Bali that allowed her to develop the relationships with the people and theculture that have led to her founding of JUL.
JUL Original Designs are created in two ways. Some are worked through in an experimental way by playing with different kinds of wax, or manipulating silver to create interesting textures, shapes, and images that can be hand cast in precious or non-precious metals in the US. Often in these richly textured designs we strive to create objects that have the quality of unearthed artifacts, old things recovered from an archeological dig
In other JUL designs we seek to achieve a high level of rich elegance. These pieces go through an exacting process of refinement until the location of every motif, and measurement, is specified down to the fraction of a millimeter. These designs are then realized by hand directly in material—wax, wood, precious and non-precious metal, semi-precious stones, leather, and resin—by skilled craftspeople in Bali