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State Of The Art Techniques At Nathan Homestead

1 September 2004

Jewellery Designer Teaches State Of The Art Techniques At Nathan Homestead

Manukau residents are spoilt for choice with the diverse range of classes and workshops run by Manukau City Council's Arts Services, at the Manurewa Community Arts Centre, (Nathan Homestead). One of these is Jewellery Construction and Design tutored by Simon Misdale, due to start in the second week of October.

Simon Misdale comes with excellent credentials from his 30 years experience as a manufacturing jeweller and has sold jewellery worldwide. He is an accomplished jewellery designer who has won several awards including the Necklace Division of the Tahitian Black Pearl Trophy.

Manukau City Council's Acting Programme Co-ordinator Vic Leilua says, "This really is an opportunity to learn from a master, with innovative ideas and an ability to extend his students. Each year Simon introduces new and exciting techniques to his class.

"For example this year he introduced centrifugal casting, which leads to greater sculptural flexibility, and enamelling. He enjoys seeing and helping his students progress artistically. Simon provides a solid foundation in technique to his students but also encourages them to explore their own creative abilities.

"He was one of the exhibitors in the recent 'Exposure Exhibition' at the PPG Gallery in Ponsonby, where his work received much acclaim and admiration from visitors."

Two 10 week classes in Jewellery Construction and Design for beginner and intermediate students will run from 9 October 3pm - 5.30 pm and 7pm - 9.30 pm; and 10 October 1.30pm - 4pm and 6pm - 8.30 pm. For more information on these and other classes and workshops at the Manurewa Community Arts Centre please phone 267 0180, or see the latest 'Arts in the City' brochure from your nearest library, arts centre, or the Council's website www.manukau.govt.nz


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