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“I love the work/life balance, I can run through the rainforest before work, walk the dog at lunchtime and bike towards an iconic glacier after work”
C Breeze Jewellery
Charlotte Cassin (nee Breeze) is a fifth generation West Coaster, born and bred in Hokitika, and now calling Franz Josef home.
Following on from a childhood watching and working alongside her step father, a master carver, Charlotte left Hokitika (the place of return) to undertake a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Jewellery and Metal Smithing in Dunedin through the Otago Polytechnic.
The final project in her study also pulls from her family, the lose of her grandfather in a hunting accident was the inspiration behind her final exhibition “identify your target” a range of jewellery using recycled bullets. This remains the cornerstone of her range, and these pieces can be customised with peoples own bullets to create that special keepsake.
The rest of the range includes, contemporary pounamu pieces and bespoke jewellery using her own inspiration and the wishes of customers.
Now operating out of Franz Josef but supplying all across New Zealand and often the world. Charlotte’s career highlight was being commissioned to create a piece for the popular TV series, Game of Thrones. “it was a real buzz to play a part in the transition of Sansa Stark’s character,” reflects Charlotte.
With an internet connection and freight service C Breeze Jewellery can operate from anywhere, running an ecommerce platform for sales through her website, along with social media for promotion.
Following on from the effects of COVID-19 Charlottes husband Ashley now also works from home, with a young puppy at home and a baby due in May, the pair love the location for its proximity to amazing spaces to indulge in their various recreational pursuits.
“I love the work/life balance, I can run through the rainforest before work, walk the dog at lunchtime and bike towards an iconic glacier after work,” says Charlotte.