Whitireia students display their work at the National Jewellery Showcase

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Five Whitireia Community Polytechnic students studying on the Bachelor of Applied Arts (Visual Arts) programme will be exhibiting their jewellery and small objects at the National Jewellery Showcase. Some of their work will be available for sale to the public during the public sessions of the exhibition.

Vivien Atkinson 2007

Vivien Atkinson putting the finishing touches on one of her herb rings

Two of them are competing in the Contemporary Jewellery: Designers Gallery for one of the Dowse Foundation Gold Awards. Whitireia Visual Arts students have won Dowse awards in both 2005 and 2006.

Students in the jewellery major are exposed to the ideas and teachings of many national and international artists who share their diverse range of specialist skills and knowledge through intensive workshops during their study.

Vivien Atkinson, a final year student, has fabricated an amazing range of rings using common, and not so common, garden herbs as decorations. They were made by gluing the herbs to a wax ring and then making a mould and casting them in silver.

The showcase will be held at the Michael Fowler Centre over Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 June 2007.

The five students are Vivien Atkinson and Aidan Griffin from Year 3, and Jhana Millers, Tara Brady and Nadine Smith from Year 2.