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At Benjamin Black Goldsmiths we had the pleasure of hosting Joel Whitwell as our Artist in Residence, from December 2013 to March 2014.

Joel Whitwell, Artist in Residence, Benjamin Black Goldsmiths

Joel came to us after spending seven months in Auckland (in 2013) working on an exhibition to showcase his work, after receiving the Masterworks Jewellery Box Award.

We really enjoyed having Joel on board and although we are sad to see him go, we wish him well on his next chapter.

Joel did an outstanding job whilst in our midst, adding to the creativity and vibrancy of our Nelson-based studio, and creating his own range, BRANCHES.

Branches Smokey Quartz Ring, Designed by Joel Whitwell

Branches Smokey Quartz Ring, Designed by Joel Whitwell, Benjamin Black Goldsmiths.

The line has sold incredibly well, with most pieces disappearing off the shelves as soon as we launched it.

Joel is an exceptional talent as an artist and jeweller and we know he will flourish wherever he goes. We will certainly miss having him around.

Bon voyage Joel, enjoy your year in Auckland, until next time my friend…

P.S. To see more of Joel’s work, click here to follow him on Facebook.

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