TE KOROWAI - Memorial for a highly respected and esteemed Kaumatua. The Korowai (cloak) represents his leadership among the whanau and Iwi. The Poutama pattern (stairway to heaven) represents his role as an educator and knowledge in Tikanga, and Te Reo Maori. The whale tail represents the East Coast. The sun encircling the Whale tail represents all of his tribes. And the koru around the Whale tail represent the whanau.
IPU TUATAHI: This Ipu or Maori vessel was inspired by the works of the late Manos Nathan, an amazing Maori Sculptor who specialised in clay. I was drawn to the smooth lines of the body of the vessel, and had to see if I could create it out of a block of limestone. The handle design was inspired by the Taurapa or stern post of the Maori waka, with two koru forming the base of the handle.
INSEPARABLE: With a rough design in mind and a spare block of stone my aim was to create something with some movement and flow. I fell in love with my first curve and as I followed it to see where it took me the original design went out the window. I ended up with two distinct elements - the challenge was finding the connection, the balance and the flow. I used a lot of sharp lines, borders and edges to contrast with the flowing curves.