Collette W | Jewellery Designer & Goldsmith
Areas of expertise
Fine Jewellery Techniques
Jewellery for Beginners
Making Mounts for Gemstones
Forming & Forging Techniques for Jewellery
Small Scale Jewellery Manufacturing Process
Model Making (hand-made in precious metal)
Mold Making for Casting
Preparing the model for Casting
Ethical Jewellery practices (UK)
Costing and Pricing for Wholesale & Retail markets
Jewellery Shows & Wholesale Selling
Rose gold earrings by tutor Collette
Tutor Collette in her workshop
Silver and gold neckpiece by tutor Collette
Gold earrings by tutor Collette
Contemporary Jewellery designer Collette’s creative history began in 1992 where she graduated from Humberside School of Art before specialising in jewellery. She then completed her Jewellery studies in 1995 at the world famous Birmingham School of Jewellery (BCU) achieving a BA Honours in Silversmithing and Jewellery.
After graduating from The School of Jewellery, Collette has remained close to Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter where she started her own jewellery business, recently designing and building a specially designed Making and Teaching studio.
Working on a variety of private commissions, she simultaneously established her own commercial brand, by building relationships with retailers selling contemporary jewellers which has led to her work currently being exhibited/sold in a wide range of UK contemporary jewellers, galleries and museums.
Collette’s very successful jewellery brand is acclaimed and she has won commercial recognition, being awarded; Best product range at British Craft Trade Fair (1998), Jewellery Designer of the Year / Business Development (2002) Chamber of Commerce and in 2014 she was awarded Jewellery Designer of the Year by the respected British Jewellers Association.
An advocate of Fairtrade practises, Collette’s designs are a fusion of influences taken from nature, history and travel combined with the technical exploration of archaic metal forging and forming techniques.
Her original designs are individually crafted in silver and gold by hand using the wealth of her knowledge, style and techniques; Thus Collette’s forte is her wide ranging knowledge of hand-making techniques and industry technology and the fusion of this knowledge to craft a design idea into a beautiful desirable commercial product or bespoke “Hero” piece of Jewellery.
Silver and gold bangle by tutor Collette
Silver earrings by tutor Collette
Gold earrings by tutor Collette
Pearl & silver earrings by tutor Collette
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My course was absolutely brilliant, thank you. Collette was a fantastic tutor, obviously extremely knowledgeable, but also really aware of making the most of the time we had, and reacting to the skills I already have, and the ones I still need to learn.
She was also extremely generous with her time and with her more general advice, beyond the course itself, and was fantastic company too.
This was my first experience of one-to-one tuition and it's amazing how much more you can learn. I'm sure I'll be taking another course at some point!
I'd rate it 5*
Gemma C | Creative & Jeweller
1-Day Forming & Forging Jewellery | Private Tuition
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