Broken porcelain treasures to become jewellery

STACEY WOOD AND SAM SACHDEVA
Last updated 05:00 28/03/2011
Joy Williams
TRINKETS: Joy Williams of Burwood.

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Two Wellington jewellery makers will turn Christchurch's broken china into new treasures at a series of workshops in the city this week.

Caroline McGlinchy and Joanne Grove, of Smash Palace, will make jewellery out of porcelain pieces for people whose heirlooms and treasured tea sets have been ruined in the quake.

The service will be free, with the pair donating their time. McGlinchy said the pair had decided to organise the workshops after speaking to a Christchurch woman at a craft event several weeks ago.

"Through her tears, she said, `I can't believe you could make something so beautiful out of our broken lives', and that's when we decided to do it."

They had initially struggled to find a venue, but had managed to secure "a friend of a friend's sister's double garage" for three days.

They had raised money to cover the cost of their trip, while several companies had donated supplies. They had a free trip on the Interislander, and Bunnings and several Wellington companies would provide supplies.

McGlinchy hoped the work would help in "some tiny, tiny way" with people's post-quake healing.

Burwood resident and china collector Joy Williams was among those planning to use the service, after a 12-year-old wedding gift of British bone china was broken.

"I had it all in a display cabinet, and the whole cabinet just got destroyed."

Williams was trying to replace the china, which was no longer being made, with the help of a British friend using auction website eBay.

She wanted to turn a piece of the broken china into a necklace as a "talking point" to commemorate the quake's impact.

"It'll be something I can wear and remember, just to reflect on what happened."

Smash Palace will be making jewellery at 169 Knowles St, St Albans from 10am until 4.30pm, April 1-3. For more information, or to volunteer, visit the website smashpalace.net

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