Here are a collection of my favorite stories in no particular order. These are the stories of pounamu that has a purpose beyond what we can see and feel. For me these are stunning examples of why I carve. To make these stories, kaupapa, meaning, and messages tangible so that people can express these things that are important to them.
This is a special set commissioned for a son on his 21st originally as just a toki. Mana is power, Whanau is family, and Tahi is one or unity in this case. The name of the set means powerful and strong family connection.
Aroha Roimata celebrates a woman's 50th year. Carved from Kawakawa pounamu, the pendant, featuring unique korus and a symbolic twist, represents her journey as a mother, healer, and teacher. It is more than jewellery; it's a testament to familial love and unity
“I am after a set that tells a story of each of us carrying one another throughout our journey, healing and new beginnings, and although our family is split into two at the moment the piece’s will spiritually connect us as one, no matter where we are.”
Horoeka Haemata - Rolleston College has its first cohort of learners graduating this year. I have the privilege of making a set of pounamu for the 5 Head Students that make up the student leadership team from this year.
The idea was to create a set for a man and his wife that were interconnected. He really wanted two pieces with toki and pikorua as the symbols. Having the pikorua symbol flow between them as well as having the pieces made from the same pounamu will forever link these two special taonga.
This was a special commission from a family friend. It is made for a couple that are celebrating a significant milestone in their lives. The pounamu is sourced from the Kaniere area near Hokitika. The Koru is a special symbol that was chosen to represent the members of this family.
This set was a privilege to work on and create. The design and significance that went into this piece was deep and meaningful. I called this set Te Waenga as it fully represents the deep significance of the space between people and a strong yet invisible connection can be nurtured here. This set represents this space.
This piece is a pendant that symbolises a journey of growth and healing. It is a beautiful thing to hear that someone is proud to be who they are and that they are caring for themselves as the owner of this will be.
Whai is the Maori word for Stingray. In certain areas of Aoteroa New Zealand the Whai is believed to be Kaitiaki - Protector. They are often seen gliding effortlessly through the water at the beach, yet when they are startled or threatened their response can be quick, powerful, and deadly.