Kerrie Owens, Lapidary Carver | Products | New Zealand Pounamu Geenstone Haast Serpentine whales tail. |
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About Kerrie Owens, Lapidary Carver

I am a Lapidary artist (stone carver), I also use this method with wood, fossil and shell.  If possible I prefer to use reclaimed, second hand, beach combed and sustainable materials, and slowly working on my ethics with in the stone area, trying to slowly find direct links to mines and collectors. I am also a metal caster specialising in sterling silver in delft clay using fossils as the original mold.

Further Info

Specialised in
Polynesian, Bohemian, minimal and spiritual design for the stone work, with an open mind to slowly moving in to Celtic and Nordic design. I use spiritual and paleontology design for the silver casting.
Open to the Public?
Yes, by appointment only
Provides Course / Training
No
Available for Craft Fairs
Available - please ask about pricing

Contact

Totally Polychromatic
Studio 3C Nucleus Arts Centre
272 High Street
Chatham
United Kingdom
ME4 4BP
GB

New Zealand Pounamu Geenstone Haast Serpentine whales tail.

  • Handmade item
  • Dispatches from a small business in
  • Necklace length: 32 Inches; Pendant height: 2.9 Centimetres; Pendant width: 3.5 Centimetres
  • Materials: Stone
  • Style: Boho & hippie
  • Recycled

Stone – New Zealand Pounamu
Stone origin – South Island, West Cost, New Zealand
Dealer – Vicki Cain, Haast New Zealand
Recycled from – A cut stone slab
Type – Douglas creek
Shape – whales tail
Specimen – Serpentine
Studio – my own UK

This listing is for a small slice of real New zealand jade also known as green stone or pounamu. I required the stone from my now regular dealer and fellow carver based in the Haast Pass, west coast, south Island of New Zealand. I have shaped, drilled, buffed the stone myself and hung it on a braided adjustable waxed polyester neck cord as is tradition for this stone.

I started learning to carve in Hokitika while backpacking New Zealand. It was the one thing I was desperate to do. It took a while to find a teacher that would teach a woman, but I got there in the end. I have been trying to get all the equipment together ever since to keep going.

This stone is only sourced in one place in New Zealand which is Hokitika on the South island. The main river source is owned and looked after by a Moari tribe and any money made from the jade when purchased by the carver would of gone back to the tribe and the local community. It plays a vital importance through history in New Zealand through the making of weaponary and tools and was once sacred to the maori culture. Now it’s an important form of bringing work, craft and skills alive to many communities in New Zealand.

I am a rough around the edges carver and into not believe in flawless. I believe that flaws, a slight roughness and inclusions give character and personality to a piece and makes it more unique. Those flaws are what call out to people because you resonate with that flaw, that piece becomes part of telling your story and personality. So never evet be afraid of the imperfect.