Your Name: Charlotte Verity
Name of Business: Charlotte Verity
Studio Number: One
Contact Details: firstname.lastname@example.org / 07736681203
Jewellery, specialising in silver and small scale hot glass techniques
I Share My Studio With:
Amy Wilkinson (Jeweller)
How would you describe the items you produce?
I make contemporary jewellery for women and men, for themselves or as gifts, from day-time and work-wear to extravagant statement pieces. I specialise in precious metals (silver, gold, platinum) and combine these with small scale warm and hot glass techniques, faceted stones and vitreous enamels. I supply independent shops and galleries nationwide and have exhibited throughout the UK and overseas as well as being featured in two jewellery books (please see www.charlotteverity.com for full details). I reserve some collections for selling exclusively within Studio One and have a wide selection of jewellery for engagements, weddings, civil partnerships and anniversaries. I also offer the experience to ‘Make your Own Wedding Rings’ with me!
What are the things that have inspired, and continue to inspire, your work?
My own ranges of jewellery designs are often inspired by Light; many pieces are inspired by vibrant city lights at night and the materials are selected based on their interaction with Light. Colour plays an important role in my ranges; Light refracted into its constituent wavelengths creates a spectrum and Rainbows! I love to include faceted stones, mica minerals and dichroic extracts to add sparkle and scintillating effects to my ranges. I also love to be inspired by the customer and accept commissions to create bespoke work from scratch to any specifications.
When you are not producing new work, what do you like to spend your time doing and why?
There’s nothing I enjoy more than making things with metal and glass! When not making jewellery myself, I run workshops where I teach participants how to make their own jewellery; pendants, earrings, bangles, and even Make your Own Wedding Rings workshops. It is a privilege to be able to share the joy of creating long lasting items to treasure: please see www.manchesterschoolofjewellery.co.uk
If you were asked to describe the experience of visiting Manchester Craft and Design Centre to someone who has yet to come along, what would you tell them?
The centre is a distinctive destination, unlike anywhere else in UK, and visiting the centre is an inspiring experience. It is a collective of studio-shops, housed in a converted Victorian market hall where makers working in different disciplines design and make their wares to sell. It is a vibrant and creative environment, with changing exhibitions and craft workshops. The makers are always friendly and helpful; you can buy items directly off the shelves or commission your own ideas made into reality.