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Porcelain painting, jewelry making lessons at PCG

31 March 2016

. The porcelain painting students display their works.
Hong Kong-based Filipina artist and finance executive Gail Camaya-Hills held two consecutive art workshops at the Consulate as part of Pintura Circle’s program to provide livelihood training to overseas Filipino workers.
Hills first taught porcelain painting, an art form she is noted for,  on  Mar 13 at the Consulate. The full quota of 12 OFW students was quickly filled, with one Pintura friend, Naty Panuncialman and her two children, joining the lessons.
The result was a collection of fine porcelain artwork by the participants, that will be exhibited at the Consulate during Philippine Independence Day celebrations in June.
On Mar 20, Hills, in cooperation with another Pintura member, Janeth Weil, conducted lessons on jewelry making, also at the Consulate. Again, the reserved slots for 12 OFWs were quickly filled, with a few Filipino residents also taking part.
The jewelry class with Gail Hills (second left, standing)
What looked like an easy task of stringing pearls took all of three hours to complete, with Hills patiently teaching participants the intricate task of tying several knots after each pearl to make the strand extra strong.
Those who finished early were rewarded with a second lesson on doing bead tassels for their pearl chokers.
At the start of both lessons, Hills gave an overview lecture; first,  on the history of porcelain making, and second, on how pearls became highly prized accessories of women, from the time of Cleopatra until the present.
The two lessons were the second and third in a series of art workshops offered by Pintura Circle free to OFWs in Hong Kong, in cooperation with the Consulate’s cultural section. The first was a lesson on acrylic painting conducted by Grace Pineda Camacho on Jan 31, while the fourth and last will be on oil pastel painting, to be held on Apr 3 and handled by Irene Bernarte Haagen. Those who wish to take part may reserve their place by emailing with “Art Workshop” as subject. – DCLM

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