StudioKaz

Art Jewellery & Homewares in Fused Glass

Townsville, Australia 3 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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StudioKaz

Art Jewellery & Homewares in Fused Glass

Townsville, Australia | 3 Sales

Kaz Hauser

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Kaz Hauser

Announcement    Thanks for looking at my shop for vibrant, distinctive art jewellery and homewares in fused glass for discerning people, made by hand in tropical north Queensland, Australia!

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Last updated on Dec 18, 2015

Thanks for looking at my shop for vibrant, distinctive art jewellery and homewares in fused glass for discerning people, made by hand in tropical north Queensland, Australia!

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About StudioKaz

Sales 3
On Etsy since 2014

Vibrant, distinctive art jewellery and homewares handcrafted in fused glass for discerning people.

StudioKaz is a boutique fused glass and jewellery workshop in tropical Townville, Queenland, Australia, where I have the pleasure of making each piece by hand.

My art jewellery ranges from subtle to dramatic, to reveal your creative sensibility at either work or play. It’s the kind of jewellery I sought when I was a practicing lawyer, and the kind of jewellery I love to wear now as a full-time artisan.

My homewares translate this same aesthetic—jazzy and refined together—into bowls and other objects to use or display.

Each StudioKaz item starts life as multiple pieces of coloured glass in sheet, rod, powder or nugget form. These I cut, combine and fuse together in my kiln for 12-24 hours, often multiple times, using different schedules of temperatures and rates of increase/decrease to achieve specific outcomes. In between firings I ‘coldwork’ the glass by hand and machine.

When I’m satisfied with the design, I shape my objects in the kiln using moulds, and fashion jewellery with sterling silver and various other beads, including Swarovski crystal and vintage beads from all over the world.

PRODUCTS

Glass bowls & plates for decoration or for nibbles, rings--you name it--plus other functional pieces such as soap dishes and spoon rests.

Art jewellery--necklaces and earrings that combine fused glass elements with sterling silver and other beads.

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

I love making fused glass because it is tactile and vibrant with saturated colours, and because the process is a little bit fluid.

Unlike media in which the artist creates line, colour and form directly, in fused glass the artisan employs the heat of the kiln as an intermediary between her hands and the end result. I set up the glass in the kiln to be transformed and move in a certain way, I strategise, plan and expect—but because the variables always shift subtly, I may find a surprise or two when I lift the lid after a firing.

This element of unpredictability suits the aesthetic of my fused glass work, which embraces organic proportion, the energy of imprecision and a dose of whimsy.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

I believe that addressing our climate problem starts with each of us being conscious of the resources we use and taking the steps we can to cut back. Our home and thus my home-based StudioKaz workshop—and most importantly, its kiln—is powered in significant part by the abundant north Queenlsand sun, through solar panels. The multi-tasking of our house as both home and my workplace lessens use of some resources, including petrol. Whenever possible, I recycle protective packaging materials in the shipping of StudioKaz products.

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Shop policies

Last updated on October 28, 2014
Thank you for visiting my shop! I have made each piece here with my heart as much as my head and hands.

If you have any question that isn’t answered, or if you think I might be able to create a special piece for you, please feel free to contact me. I love custom orders!

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I take a lot of pride in the jewellery and homewares that I create, and I want my buyers to love them too. I also take pride in my customer service. I am here for you, so please reach out to me if you have any concerns about a product you have purchased.

If your item is damaged in transit, please contact me right away. Everything ships with insurance or compensation, and we will get the matter sorted. Photographs of the damaged packaging are very helpful.

For those times when a piece doesn’t fit, or fit in, exactly as imagined, I offer a seven-day change-of-mind return policy on any purchase except earrings that have been worn. A buyer who wishes to return an item under this policy must contact me through this Etsy shop within seven days of receiving the item, and return it to me securely wrapped. I will refund the purchase price when I receive the returned item in its original state. In such instances the buyer is responsible for the cost of return postage and any insurance desired.

My emphasis on quality means that I believe every piece I sell will function as expected over its normal life. However, in the unlikely event that it does not, I offer a lifetime return, repair or replacement policy on any piece that malfunctions. In such a case, please contact me through this Etsy shop so that we can work out suitable arrangements. (Please note that wear-and-tear or damage during the course of use does not constitute a malfunction.)

I have a commitment to treating buyers with honesty and integrity, and truly hope that buyers will treat me in the same way.
Payment
I accept payment through PayPal, either directly from your PayPal account or a credit card.
Shipping
ADDRESS

I will ship to your PayPal address, unless you specify otherwise when you place your order.

PACKAGING

I wrap each piece in decorative tissue paper, and I am happy to enclose a simple gift note too. Then I encase the wrapped item in substantial protective packaging before placing it into a cardboard mailing box. Whenever possible, I fashion these protective materials and inserts from ‘previously loved’ packaging.

My pieces are not appropriate for sending as ‘letters’ in flat padded envelopes.

FREE PICK UP IN TOWNSVILLE

I am happy for buyers to pick up their purchases directly from me in the Townsville area.

SHIPPING METHODS

My standard shipping is through AustraliaPost, using the method that provides the best balance of speed and security with cost-effectiveness for each piece and location.

SHIPPING WITHIN AUSTRALIA

I use AustraliaPost's Parcel Post service with insurance and signature on delivery.

SHIPPING OUTSIDE OF AUSTRALIA

For jewellery, I use Australia Post's Air Mail service with insurance and signature on delivery.

For other items, I use either AustraliaPost's Air Mail service or it's Registered Post International service, depending on total value of the items being shipped.

Please contact me for a quote if you don’t see your country in the item’s listing, as I am happy to ship to most destinations.

Import requirements and duties vary from country to country. Payment of any import or similar duties or taxes are the responsibility of the buyer; these are not included in my pricing. I complete all shipment forms honestly.

MULTIPLE ITEMS

Of course I would love for you to order multiple items! I will work out the most cost-effective (and safe) shipping method for multiple pieces. If this cost is less than the amount charged with your order, I will refund the difference to you via PayPal.

TIMING

I ship within 1-2 days of my receipt of a buyer’s payment. From my studio in regional Queensland, domestic parcels can take about a week to arrive, and international parcels vary.
Additional policies and FAQs
FITTING JEWELLERY

Yes, we all come in different sizes and shapes, and it can seem a bit tricky to fit jewellery when ordering over the internet. To address this, I include the size of each piece in its listing. For necklaces, this measurement is the length of the neck wire or other stringing medium. I recommend using a piece of string to see how a particular length would fall on you.

QUALITY

Quality is one of my core values; I strive for high quality and artistic integrity in each item that I produce. My homewares and art jewellery are nicely finished, and made from premium raw materials and components. The only raw material glass I use is Bullseye brand. I buy my sterling silver metal, including wire, and many of my fittings from an Australian producer.

In my art jewellery, the fittings are all 925 sterling silver, and when I use flexible stringing wire it’s nylon-encased 49-strand stainless steel micro-wire. Each of my pendant beads hangs on its stringing medium in a way that is integral to the bead, not by a glued-on fitting. Often I use faceted crystal beads; these are only genuine Swarovski. My seed beads are made in Japan because those are the best. My vintage beads come from a wide variety of sources; they bring the patina of their previous interesting lives. Some of these are African trade beads, and some are silver-metal from Eritrea, where I once lived.

A part of ‘quality’ is the handmade nature of handmade items. They are not perfect in the way that machine-made items can be. They may have ‘imperfections’, which I hope you join me in considering as ‘idiosyncracies’ rather than ‘defects'.