Kerrie Owens, Lapidary Carver
About Kerrie Owens, Lapidary Carver
New Zealand Pounamu Greenstone serpentine mermaids tail pendant.
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Necklace length: 30 Inches; Pendant height: 3.5 Centimetres; Pendant width: 6 Centimetres
Style: Boho & hippie
Stone – New Zealand Pounamu
Stone origin – South Island, West Cost, New Zealand
Dealer – Dallas Crombie, Greymouth, New Zealand
Recycled from – A cut stone slab
Type – unknown
Shape – Mermaid 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 as offcuts from a Jade dealer. This stone is an offcut from my studio as I am a carver that prefers to use as much of my resources or the offcut resources of others as I can.
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.