Meet Our Microgrant Recipients
2021 Q1 Micro Grant recipient
Congratulations Maggie Harding of Maggie Harding Designs. Maggie Harding is a local jeweler and recipient of the first ever quarterly micro-grant from the Moxxi Women's Foundation. Maggie began creating jewelry independently in Saratoga, NY in 2018. She is a 2011graduate of Skidmore College with a degree in studio art with a concentration in jewelry, batik textile, drawing and ceramics. She spent years working in the service industry before accepting a sales position at Silverado Saratoga, though they do not employ any in-house jewelers. Maggie told Moxxi about dragging her mattress into her pantry to rent out a room to save money for the necessary equipment for a jeweler's bench. She then booked a flight to Tucson to attend the largest gem show in the world and hand-selected the stones she would work with. After some trial and error with a difficult bezel setting, she was able to sell her first bezel set piece, a Dendritic Opal, at Silverado in just 3 days! Maggie will be using this grant to purchase a pneumatic engraver and hopes that she can develop Maggie Harding Designs into a full-time career. Please join us in congratulating Maggie on her hard work and follow along as she continues to build her business with the love and support of the community that surrounds her!!!