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A husband and wife partnership that started in 2005 in Geeveston, Tasmania. 
We are also known as the HR factor (the Howard and Rino factor). 

Howard Whitehead

Howard finished his apprenticeship as an aircraft instrument technician in 1965 and within a few months was working as electrician maintaining outstation power houses in Papua-New Guinea.


The next thirty years were spent mostly as an industrial electrician with various companies and self employed with breaks as a cook in Spain and dock keeper in England.


Howard started making jewllery in 1989 and from 1993 to 2001 was a technician for TAFE Fine Arts in Launceston. He was also a sessional teacher in jewellery, sculpture and drawing.


He is now creating pieces in metal (silver, brass, copper and bronze.)

Rino Nobel

Rino originally came from Indonesia and has been living in Australia for more than 24 years. She grew up in Jakarta and studied economics before deciding to drop everything to pursue her interest in art.


She went to Singapore to undertake English course and continued her studies in Fine Art in LaSalle-SIA College of the Arts, majoring in Ceramics which then she continued to do her Glass Studies at Monash University.


After graduating from Monash University she had an opportunity to work as an Indonesian art/culture teacher with a Melbourne-based company, running Indonesian art/culture workshops.


Since moving to Tasmania she starts creating pieces in glass, ceramics, painting and other materials.

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