Soul and Style - West Coast Artists
Many jade artists take inspiration for their designs from nature, some from tradition and culture, and some from contemporary art and style – and it’s these inspirations, alongside exceptional craftsmanship, that transforms a piece of stone into a unique piece of jade art.
Even greenstone artists from the same region of New Zealand, such as the West Coast, have distinct carving styles! In this blog we explore the soul and style of our West Coast artists.
Working from his home studio in Hokitika, Luke Gardiner draws inspiration for his greenstone necklace designs from nature. Some of his most loved work represents New Zealand flora, including greenstone pikorua, koru and ferns. He specialises in carving New Zealand flower jade - and skillfully utilises the unique gold and yellow patterns of the flower jade stone to create designs with a natural and elegant flow.
Luke is an expert at carving smooth lines and delicate curves, creating a harmonious feminine aesthetic to his work.
Evaluation of the raw jade stone is of utmost importance to Sheree Warren. She patiently takes the time to understand each stones strengths and flaws and draws inspiration from its unique patterns and features. Many of Sheree's designs combine elements of tradition with aspects from her natural surroundings - creating pieces with deep meaning and symbolism.
Sheree achieves a raw and natural feel to her greenstone designs by choosing matte finishes, and her craftsmanship truly shines in her skillfully etched designs which create texture and a sense of life in the stone.
Ric Moor works from his Greymouth home studio creating bold and striking greenstone pendants to be worn with pride. Identifying strongly with Māori culture, Ric draws inspiration for his designs from Māori traditions and art. His carvings are larger and thicker than many other artists and he creates pieces which have a sense of permanency and importance.
Ric has worked as a jade carver for over 17-years and is now a mentor and teacher to aspiring greenstone artists such as Kyohei Noguchi.
The similarities between Ric and Kyohei's work is evident, but as Kyohei learns and grows as an artist you can see elements of his own Japanese heritage emerging into his designs.
Based in Hokitika, Robert Singer is one of New Zealand's finest greenstone bangle artists. He creates contemporary and classic greenstone bangles which are one-of-a-kind statement pieces - and truly timeless in beauty.
Pictured above (left toright): New Zealand Greenstone Bangle (73mm), New Zealand Jade Matte Finished Contemporary Bangle (66mm).
A ‘true blue Coaster’, Johnny Vroblfski has spent his life exploring the West Coast of the South Island. Johnny is known for his exceptional craftsmanship and artisan skill, creating pieces with perfect line accuracy, balance and harmony.
Johnny's work is delicate and dainty, perfect for those looking for a subtle but beautiful taonga to wear close to their heart, everyday.
Pictured above (left to right): New Zealand Greenstone Heart Pendant, New Zealand Flower Jade Large Single Infinity Necklace, New Zealand Pounamu Disc Necklace.
Other West Coast Artists
We also work alongside other artists from the West Coast include Aden Hoglund, Garry Fairbrother and Jayme Andersen - who also bring their own style and soul to carving greenstone necklaces and jewellery.
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