The Fisher Gallery is hosting Gauge, the inaugural exhibition of jewellery from Manukau Polytechnic’s Graduate and Undergraduate students of the Jewellery School. The exhibition opens on Friday 27 November at the Fisher Gallery, Reeves Road, Pakuranga.
Manukau Polytechnic’s unique contemporary jewellery design and construction course, now only in its second year, will be displaying its designs in its first exhibition. Mary Curtis, Head of Jewellery at Manukau says, ‘Manukau Polytechnic is not widely known as a design orientated jewellery course. In fact being newcomers to the area of contemporary jewellery construction makes me doubly proud of the standards being produced by our students. As this is only our first course, I am sure that the standard of work being produced will continue to get even better.’
Louis Johnston, Curator at the Fisher Gallery, is impressed by the standard of jewellery being exhibited. He explains, ‘There is some very exciting jewellery being produced. It was quite hard to go through and select pieces to be included in the show. One which particularly interested me was a body protection set. It made an especially powerful statement as an item of body adornment.’
A wide range of jewellery will be on show, demonstrating the many different styles and construction techniques. Everything form the ‘lost wax’ technique of working with metal to repoussé, weaving, filing, texturing and using new materials such as plastic, found objects and even barbed wire.
→ Gauge the talent of students, Howick & Pakuranga TImes, 30-11-1992