The Peter Minturn Goldsmith School (PMGS) educates and trains students to a professional standard in the arts, crafts and design of the jeweller goldsmith. A key focus for the PMGS is confidence and personal growth along with the knowledge and skillsets to gain employment, and remain in, the jewellery trade.
Award winning jeweler, Julian Bartrom of Julian Bartrom Designer Goldsmith, started his business after studying a PMGS.
“In New Zealand, Peter Minturn is like the grandfather of the jewellery industry and his business acumen and design intuition rubs off on you. Peter gave us the fundamentals so that we could make anything to the highest standard of perfection,” said Bartrom.
Founder of the school, Peter Minturn, was invested in 2008 with a Member of New Zealand Order of Merit for services to jewellery manufacturing. The school is a family business with son and daughter, Chris Minturn and Lee-Anne Minturn, help run the business.
PMGS delivers NZQA approved qualifications at Levels 4, 5 and 6 in Goldsmithing and Jewellery, and offers recreational courses that cover a range of skills. Each class takes 9-11 students and an interview is required over educational pre-requisite for full time courses.