Artist, tinkerer, mother

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Always a tinkerer, I finally found my flow when I found a perfectly formed Monarch chrysalis in my yard. It looked like a jewel, glistening in the sun. I decided to try to recreate one for myself. I received so many compliments, I decided to list one online and so it began. I have been selling internationally for about three years, most of my pieces go to the USA but have gone as far as Japan and The Netherlands. My range is always increasing as I am inspired by nature daily. I mostly work with clay, but also wood, bone and antler. As each piece is sculpted and painted by hand, they are all little works of art! 

While I have no formal training, I love attending creative workshops that interest me. I love to paint with watercolour and have recently been trying ink painting too.

I am lucky to live in Taranaki in beautiful Aotearoa/New Zealand. One of the few places in the world where you can go from the shore to the mountain in a day.

 

I have three children, the youngest two are being home-schooled this year. This has enabled me to see everyday life through new eyes. We are currently putting in large vegetable gardens and have chickens. When I'm not in my studio, you'll likely find me barefoot with my hands in the soil. 

I'm passionate about healthy eating (with a reasonable dose of chocolate!) and alternative health therapies,  you can find out more about this here 

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With Māori blood running through our veins, our whānau whakapapa back to the Te Ātiawa tribe, who orginate from Taranaki, so it's no surprise that I felt a strong connection the first time I visited here.

 

Part of our home-schooling journey is learning Te Reo, our dog Leroy knows his commands in both Māori and English!

My favourite proverb -

 

E kore au e ngaro, he kākano i ruia mai i Rangiātea. 

I will never be lost, for I am a seed sown in the heavens.

Artwork by Jon Cohen

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