Eco-Friendly Non-traditional Silversmith & Sculptor
Often, I’m introduced as my business name ‘CRZyBest’ and that’s great, because I am Claire R. Zwozny-Bestwick.
Working from my CRZyBest Shedquarters in Derby, about 5 minutes up the road from Banks Mill, I am a non-traditional, eco-friendly Silversmith and Sculptor; creating tiny sculptures in silver, copper and bronze which I turn into the ready to buy jewellery, gifts and accessories you can see at Open Studios and on my website. I welcome bespoke commissions and I’m always excited to take on special requests; recent commissions include bespoke earrings, anniversary gifts, hair accessories and multiple pieces for interior design installations.
My favourite material to create in, is metal clay a relatively new material created using reclaimed metals and organic binder: which once fired turns into the metal version of itself. I use 950 Silver clay that once fired in my kiln, can be hallmarked as 925 sterling silver and I am registered at Goldsmiths Hall in London for this if my creations weigh over 7.78g. My copper clay, when fired in a special two-part kiln firing turns into pure copper, which I then polish, and heat treat to create the fascinating colours you can see in my creations.
I offer bespoke 1-2-1 workshops, for you to come and create your own ideas, in your time, in my Shedquarters.
Ensuring our world is a happy place is really important, so when making CRZyBest creations I do my best to look after my customers and our planet, making every effort to source my energy, tools and materials from sustainable and ethical sources.
All CRZyBest gift boxes are made from recycled material and have an eco-fibre insert, I also plant a tree for every purchase made.
Unique CRZyBest creations that make you happy!