Next up on our #meetthemaker month is jeweller, Collette Waudby. Collette’s pieces are not only exquisitely designed with fine details, they are also extremely comfortable, easy to wear and look fabulous whether you’re dressing up a work suit or need to add a touch of sparkle to your favourite party outfit. Read on to find out more about how she is inspired to make her gorgeous pieces!
1. Could you tell us a little bit about you, and how you came to start your business?
I have always loved making things. In my early years it was often just making a mess or obscure items that nobody would ever use . During a short school project I made my first piece of jewellery which was a bangle from a fork. I had intended to study sculpture but my time at art school saw me working smaller and smaller – requiring the use of jewellery tools. I choose to specialise in Jewellery from there. After finishing my BA(Hons) in Silver & Jewellery I immediately started making jewellery to sell on a commission basis.
2. How long have you been living in Birmingham? How does where you work inspire you?
I lived in Hull from birth and moved to Birmingham in 1992. The contents of my workshop inspire me everyday. It is really well equipped and beautifully made by my Husband to my exact wishes. I feel like anything is possible.
3. Where does your inspiration come from?
I’m inspired by all that my eyes can see. Nature, machinery, engineering, the ever changing light, buildings, moving water – really, anything that delights my eyes.
4. When you are not creating, what do you do?
I look after my two greatest creations, my boys. They are still quite young and we like to do lots of stuff together like bike rides and spending time in the local woods. I’m recently re-discovering things from my art school days. Watercolours particularly.
5. What’s your favourite current piece?
My new work based on the Ginkgo leaf is a new love. The scale is quite different and I have done some challenging technical work that I’ve managed to make look effortless! It is very very pretty.
6. What is the most challenging aspect of your work?
Confidence – I make so that others can love, if they don’t … it feels personal!! Ha!!
7. If you had one piece of advice to give other makers, what would it be?
Never lower your standard of work to be quicker – just get better at it and you will get faster.
8. Are there any particular artists or sculptors that inspire you?
I love the escapism of the pre-Raphaelite period. Also the ethos of the new-brutalist architects.
9. Describe your work in 3 words!
timeless, elegant, quality
10. Without giving away any state secrets, what’s next on your design agenda?
A BRAND NEW PURPOSE BUILT STUDIO EEEEEEEEK!
It sounds like Collette is very excited about her new studio … we certainly are – we know that even more gorgeous jewellery will come from it!
… Let us know what you think of Collette’s wonderful jewellery by leaving a comment below, and stay tuned for future posts on more of our wonderful artists.