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17 January 2013

What Makes a Good Collectable?

Filed under: Investment — marilyn @ 16:36

In 2008 Collect it! magazine said collectables with craftsmanship, classic design and nostalgia made the best investments. We think Hazle Ceramics deliver on all three counts:

1. Craftsmanship
Hazle Boyles began this cottage industry in 1990 with the cat dodging drying models in her flat! Now based in a Craft Village they are made in much the same way – as a labour of love. When antiques expert Eric Knowles discovered Hazle Ceramics at the huge NEC Spring Trade Fair in 2004, he was surprised and impressed to learn that they are still made in England, using age-old methods and a talented, local workforce. Many ceramics are outsourced to the Far East now, but that would not suit something with such a unique and distinctly British perspective.

Hazle Improving the Mould

Hazle improving a master mould at Stoke – from hazle.com

Eric has also described Hazle Ceramics as “innovative”. The British Giftware Association agreed and, at her very first trade fair in 1991, Hazle won their award of Best New Collectable for “originality and value”. The ceramics’ unusual flatback design creates a larger surface area to portray more intricate detail both in the modelling and painting.

2. Classic Design
The architectural heritage Hazle models naturally gives her work its classic design. In addition many pieces are enduring examples of their period, including Medieval, Tudor, Georgian, Victorian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. A guest speaker at Hazle’s 15th Anniversary in 2005, Eric Knowles admitted to a life-long passion for buildings and said, “Lots of people are doing miniature buildings but these are interesting architecturally”.

3. Nostalgia
The architectural history English Shops and Shopping says, “we tend to measure the social changes that have taken place in the course of our lifetime by evoking the shops of our childhood”. Like their architecture, Hazle’s shops cover many eras with carefully researched themes from British social history.

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Nostalgic Baker from Book of Shops 1899 by F D Bedford

Several pieces in her Millennium series show the humble origins of High Street icons such as Boots and Sainbury’s, as stories of human endeavour. Every ceramic evokes a particular sense of time and place. Something for everyone includes storybook characters to delight all ages. People often collect to mark events such as a theatre visit on an anniversary. One lady even has a pawnbroker as that’s where her wedding ring came from!

Conclusion
Eric Knowles has described these pieces as “splendid and charming” and said “they will be contested for by future generations”. He has featured Hazle Ceramics on ITV’s This Morning series “Investing in Collectables”. With nearly 40 years experience in antiques and a special interest in ceramics, if anyone knows it is surely him!

2 Comments »

Comment by victor — 27 January 2013 @ 08:46

Probably like most people, I started collecting because of the instant appeal. But Collect It’s three attributes do make sense and it is easy to see how Hazle Ceramics fulfil them.

Comment by Robby — 1 April 2013 @ 08:35

I visit certain websites each day to read articles but this one gives quality based writing.

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