Designer maker of contemporary jewellery
I Share My Studio With: Lee Page Hanson
Invited Makers: Caroline Shaw, Zincwhite, Hannah Dodd and Reaction Jewellery
How would you describe the items you produce?
I predominately work in silver; this is because it is beautiful, popular and affordable.
I also work in gold and platinum, these metals tend to be more for bespoke work like wedding, engagement and divorce rings. Visit my wedding, engagement and divorce rings page here to see my commissions.
A huge range of people like and buy my work – from gay couples wanting something for their civil ceremony to weddings and engagements for the young and old. My customers tend to be those who like something a little bit unique & different in their jewellery.
What are the things that have inspired, and continue to inspire, your work?
The client is usually the person with the inspiration, they will come to me to help them realise their jewellery dreams and I will bring them to life. The client can usually give me a starting point and I’ll then sketch out and describe the possibilities open to them. Quite often a customer will have a piece of heirloom jewellery or hand me down treasures that I can transform into something more wearable and contemporary. I have a commissions page on my website highlighting some recent work.
When you are not producing new work, what do you like to spend your time doing and why?
I have a young family, so most of my time is spent adventuring with them.
If you were asked to describe the experience of visiting Manchester Craft & Design Centre to someone who has yet to come along, what would you tell them?
Come and visit us if you want to see unique and unusual work that is hand made and creatively produced. Manchester Craft & Design Centre is a relaxing shopping experience where you can meet the makers, talk to them about your ideas and have something bespoke made.
“Art You Wear” was how fashion journalist Denise Watson described Colette Hazelwood’s work in the Manchester Evening News:
‘Award-winning designer-maker of contemporary jewellery, Colette Hazelwood urges you to throw away your diamond cluster ring and join her outside the jewellery closet. From silver barbed-wire bracelets to dancing fibrous necklaces, Colette’s work has been shown internationally and was described by Skin Two magazine as “eerily beautiful”. Colette has her work in two public collections; MIMA (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art) and also at The Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, as well as numerous private collections. She has also had her work featured in 2 books, ‘New Directions In Jewellery’, a book featuring the best in international contemporary jewellery and ‘Jewelry From Found Objects’.
Visit Colette’s website to see her most popular and established ranges where you can also buy securely from her shop, see a history of her more adventurous gallery & exhibition pieces, and check her commission’s pages for bespoke, handmade pieces requested by you. You can buy Colette Hazelwood Contemporary Jewellery gift vouchers too. Colette Has a Blog on her website along with a FAQ page.