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  • Writer's pictureAnna Cheng

Donna Valda Lacis

1. How long have you been working on the work bench you currently using? Does it have a story / history?

I have been sitting at my current bench 2.5 years, but have been playing musical benches at Hatton for 8 , as I kept searching for the perfect one like Goldilocks. I have finally found my perfect bench…for now! Each of Hatton’s benches has a history and mine has an AME connection.

2. Which is your favourite tool, and why?

I don’t really have a favourite tool, but I am quite partial to my saws ( I have 3) and also my small Japanese hammer.

3. What is the jewellery making technique / process you enjoy the most, and why?

I really enjoy wax carving. I find wax carving is the technique I can associate the most with art and be the most creative with.

4. Anything else you want to tell us about your jewellery bench?

I think my favorite part of my bench is that it is right in front of a window, allowing me to work in natural light all the time. Ironically, this actually could have been my bench years ago, but I thought the natural sunlight would bother me! I could have saved myself many years of looking for the perfect bench!

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