Peter Deckers was born in the Netherlands and completed his early jewellery training and education there. He immigrated to New Zealand in 1985 and completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at Elam, Auckland University, in 2003.
Deckers, the jewellery coordinator and a part time lecturer/ senior tutor at Whitireia NZ, Porirua, is both a contemporary artist and a craftsperson. Ideas that make distinctive connections with jewellery are the inspiration for his making, the practice of which often involves installation work.
His work is held in private and public collections both in New Zealand (including the permanent collection of Te Papa TongarewaMuseum of New Zealand) and internationally. He also exhibits nationally and internationally. His work, philosophy and ideas have also been the subject of a book, Choices of the Hand; a Survey of Work from New Zealand Jeweller Peter Deckers, introduction by Stevan Eldred-Grigg, published by First Editions, Wellington (supported by Creative New Zealand).
His practice extends to curatorial projects. Notable ones are; Deep and Deeper Still, Jewellery Out of Context (JOC), JOC world tour, HandStand and currently the Handshake mentoring project. In February 2012 Peter was the artistic director and organiser for an international jewellery symposium, named JEMposium, supported by Creative NZ and associated with an extensive NZ gallery exhibition programme. He is co-founder of The SeeHere gallery/website (www.theseehere.com).
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