John completed an apprenticeship in Jewellery Manufacturing with Max Wilson in Palmerston North, and then spent four years studying painting at Otago Polytechnic. In 1999, John set up the JZR Jewellery workshop in Dunedin, and has been based there since. He currently has two interns, who are discovering the joys of making. John remarks, I always try tokeep my products simple, with sound construction underlying their seeming casualness. Sterling silver is my preferred medium, and I work with a wide range of precious and semi- precious gems.