Fred Edwards of Tamworth gets close to his Indian bust work in the A Portrait Bust In Clay workshop at Artsfest.
Fred Edwards of Tamworth gets close to his Indian bust work in the A Portrait Bust In Clay workshop at Artsfest. Adam Hourigan

Artsfest workshops underway

WHAT could possibly be the last Grafton Artsfest is currently going ahead from its Grafton High School base, much to the delight of tutors and students.

One of the first time tutors this year is Diane Southwell who is conducting a workshop in jewellery construction and design.

Her students, at the end of this week will walk away with a sterling silver pendent, an enamelled pendent, a ring and a twist bangle made with three separate pieces of silver.

Diane has been teaching jewellery making since the mid 1980s in Adelaide at TAFE, since then she has built her Academy of Jewellery and teaches all over the country.

Since, she has developed a slew of students who follow her around.

"You come to know your regulars; however the beginners have just as much fun in the end and walk away with a new skill."

She says that she loves jewellery making as a pastime.

"You can set up a fairly simple workshop and let your creative side show rain, hail or shine," she said.



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