John had a long and wonderful career. He started as an apprentice Jr. Partner with Firesigns Silversmiths, located in North Conway, New Hampshire from 1970 to 1976. He then started Harwood Associates, also located in North Conway, from 1978 to 1982 moving on to be a principal owner at Firesigns Inc., in the same area of New Hampshire in 1982. The company was then moved to Sedona, AZ from 1982 to 1984. He then was named Vice President at the Artesania Art Plaza Owners Association, in Sedona from 1984 to 1985.
After leaving Arizona John became a contract jeweler of custom designs and repairs with Long's Jewelers, located in Wellesley, Burlington, Boston, and Braintree, Massachusetts from 1987 to 1992. Followed by a staff job as an in-house jeweler with Long's Jewelers, in the Boston store from 1992 to 1994. This was followed by jobs as in-house jeweler, with Joel Bagnel's in Wellesley from 1994 to 1997, Whegman Jewelers, Boston from 1997 to 1998, then as an in-house jeweler with Stucchi Jewelers, located in Natick, MA from 1998 to 2010
John then was invited to be the Artist in Residence at Gallery 55 in Natick where he eventually built a respected business as owner of Harwood Arts, from 2010 until his death in 2017.
A Career of Diverse Designs and Styles