Based in Schwaebisch Gmuend, Germany, Claudia Fischer creates light, bright and colourful jewellery, using Murano Glass. During a visit to Italy at a age 6, Claudia became transfixed by the beauty of Murano glass and the expertise and old-age craftsmanship of glass blowing. When Claudia decided to pursue a career in the jewellery industry, she indulged in her passion for Murano glass and used it for her jewellery creations. Her Murano glass is handmade piece by piece in Murano, Italy before she turns it into stunning jewellery.
Zeacol by Claudia Fischer creates handmade to order pieces that are unique, timeless and imbued with positivity and light. Claudia believes that light and colour is something to be celebrated and is important for everyday life. She wants to bring this colour and passion to modern day people through her jewellery. Claudia Fischer chats to JewelStreet about the history of her brand and Murano glass, her core values and the importance of light and colour.
How did your brand begin?
At the age of 6 I went to Venice, Italy with my parents for a holiday. One day we visited the beautiful island of Murano where the world famous Murano glass is made. There I saw the breathtaking and spectacular glowing glass for the first time and the wonderful pieces in beautiful colours made from it.
Values are really important to us at JewelStreet. What are your core brand values?
Colours are our passion! Everyone has favourite colours. Without light, colours are not visible - without light we cannot live. Our handcrafted, sustainable and precious jewellery is designed to bring these colours and light into the life of the wearer.
Where do you get inspiration for your designs?
I get the inspiration for my designs from Mother Nature, my homeland and on trips to other countries, seeing the different light and beautiful nature here and there. I always look for imprinting components to develop new pieces and collections.
How is your jewellery made?
Each piece of my jewellery is handmade to order. The parts of Murano glass are handmade piece by piece by a centuries-old art of craftsmanship on the island of Murano. Other pieces of my jewellery like pearls and gemstones are made by Mother Nature.
How do you ensure your jewellery is ethical and sustainable?
1. We make jewellery that doesn't change its look. The colours, the luminosity, the charisma and the shine remain beautiful. The jewellery is very durable. 2. The components only come from European countries. 3. Our packaging is sustainable.
How do you want someone to feel when they wear your jewellery?
The wearer of our jewellery should feel special, confident, radiant and beautiful. They should also receive much attention from their surroundings through the jewellery. Our jewellery is made for special occasions as well as everyday life.
Do you have any exciting future plans and where do you see your brand in 5 years?
I want to teach as many people as possible the need for enough light and colour in everyday life. Both components are extremely important for a healthy lifestyle but in today's modern age, most people do not get enough of it.
If you could travel to one place in the world right now, where would it be and why?
I would like to travel to Hawaii to see all the beautiful and special colours there and also to see the extraordinary light and the ocean. I would transfer the scene into a new collection to bring these experiences to the wearers of my jewellery.
What music do you play in the studio whilst you’re working?
When I work in my studio, I play music that relaxes me and puts me in a good mood where I can be calm and create beautiful pieces. For example, this might be Buddha Bar, Cafe del Mar, Debussy, the soundtrack of a film I love or the sounds of the sea.
Which 3 current or historic figures would you have over for a dinner party and why?
It would be nice to have dinner with Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Albert Einstein so I could learn all about the colours and the light in the universe. Then I could transfer this knowledge into my daily work and let other people have a part of it.
Winding down after a day in the studio is sometimes difficult for a designer. What do you do to help this process?
After an exciting day of creative work I go outside into nature, especially in the sun and into the forest if possible. There I can relax perfectly, especially when my family is with me. To further wind down, we prepare a good meal together when we’re back home.