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'Sip and Clay' your way to success

Published:Sunday | July 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMLatara Boodie
From left: Clara Kahwa, JN Bank DYM expert designer; Steve Distant, JN Bank chief of sales; Saniah Spencer, JN Bank chief of marketing and product development; and Petal James, JN Bank head of mortgage sales.
Christabelle Douglas is proud of her vase which she made using the spiral technique.
Laurel Whyte, events specialist at JN Bank, poses with wine and clay props before the start of the proceeding.
Pottery instructor Ramon Christie demonstrates how to mould clay into the shape of a bowl.
Kaye Ricketts carefully rolls her clay to create a ceramic item for her dream home.
Clara Kahwa, JN Bank DYM expert designer, paints blue swirls on her clay bowl.
Miriam Smith, dean of the School of Visual Arts at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, was seen expertly carving a clay bowl.
Lemar Edwards (left) and Petal James, JN Bank head of mortgage sales, were excited to sip, mingle and make art.
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Last Thursday, JN Bank hosted its Design Your Mortgage (DYM) Corporate Mingle at a 'Sip and Clay' session, held at the JN Fund Managers headquarters in New Kingston. The event was part of JN Bank's efforts to sensitise customers to its most recent mortgage financing options, under the DYM campaign.

Thirty elated participants were treated to an evening of wine and pottery, at which they created ceramic works of art to be proudly displayed in their new homes.

The event commenced with a brief presentation, which focused on the DYM promotion and its eight financing options. They also had the opportunity to choose the one that was best suited for their cash flow and objectives. The options included the graduated mortgage, variable-rate, mortgage plus and balloon payment.

After, clients had the opportunity to talk to the JN representatives, as well as the dean of the School of Visual Arts at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Miriam Smith, who encouraged them to roll up their sleeves and release their creativity.

"This is a way for persons to be able to take a break from the nine-to-five and enjoy something different," said Smith.

"This was a great experience and I would certainly do it again; as a matter of fact, I think this is something JN Bank should continue," he noted. "But, it wasn't only about the pottery, because I found the information about the various home-financing options quite interesting," added Mr Braham, who said that the variable-rate option seemed to be the most suitable choice for him.

"The process of obtaining a home can be intimidating, and therefore, the objective of these mingles is to provide financial counselling and guidance to mortgage applicants," said Saniah Spencer, chief of marketing and product development at JN Bank.

Though challenging and somewhat intimidating, persons were able to surprise themselves with what they were able to create. Many started with no vision, but as they went along, the pieces started to come together. This is the basis of the DYM promotion. No one knows what life will bring, but JN has options that will still allow you to achieve your goal of owning a home.

latara.boodie@gleanerjm.com