When you Google the small rural area of Tahekaroa the main thing that comes up is that it has a river and there are lots of trees. But we know better.
Tahekaroa is home to the extremely talented Laura Layton, who produces intricate and gorgeous illustrations using the humble pen and/or pencil.
Laura has always loved to draw anything from nature. An abundance of native birds thanks to a bird rescue/release programme close to her home, and the natural beauty of our flora and fauna ensures that Laura is never without inspiration.
Last year, we commissioned Laura to put pen to paper and create our gorgeous new logo that was part of our re-branding and refurbishment project.
Tucked under Auckland's Harbour Bridge lies the charming neighbourhood of Northcote Point. It is here that Chrissie and Charlie Seakins create simply beautiful pottery inspired by New Zealand, and have been doing so for over 30 years.
The simple yet effective designs are quintessentially Kiwi and many of their unique pieces have Muriwai sand (from our rugged west coast) suspended in the glaze. So, by taking home a piece of Pacific Painted Pottery you are also taking a piece of the land from which it came.
Most recently, Pacific Painted Pottery was selected to provide all the plates for a brand new eatery in Auckland's CBD. A wonderful achievement for such talented craftspeople.
Well done Chrissie and Charlie, we are so proud to have your pieces in-store.
Growing up on a farm in the Waikato, Ian Blackwell's father taught him about the value and versatility of timber. After sanding back a bit of old Rimu one day Ian fell in love with native NZ timbers. Rimu continues to be his personal timber of choice, providing a unique , striking and contrasting grain unlike any other.
A carpentry and cabinet making apprenticeship led Ian into a career working with wood. Developing his technical skills and gaining experience over the years only fuels a love of working with timber and as a result he has developed a hand finished range to be truly proud of.
Today Ian is lucky enough to call the rugged West Coast of the North Island home and together with the his production team, they are proud that all of their wooden products are lovingly created and distributed by our talented team in Riverton (30 minutes West of Invercargill).
Cut using the latest laser technology every product is then assembled and finished by hand. You can be sure that every one of our pieces has been put together with great care, attention to detail and the Pride of the South!
Melding the art of the flame and the kiln with elegance and high quality finishing, Penny Ryan Design offers unique jewellery, handcrafted from mainly art glass and fine metals, each piece being a testament to the endless ideas that flow from Penny.
Penny Ryan, jewellery designer and glass artist, brings beautifully crafted jewellery reflecting the spirit of our beautiful land to customers across the globe. Designed here in New Zealand and inspired by the environment, from the oceans to the mountains, the earth to the sky, you will find earrings, pendants, rings, bracelets and charms each with its own special meaning and soul and carefully crafted here in New Zealand
Founders Penny and Darrell and the Penny Ryan Design NZ team are very proud of the thought, care and exquisite detail which goes into each timeless design. Penny and the team are also proud to be a New Zealand owned and operated company and they stand behind the quality of their products.
Celebrate your special New Zealand memories with Penny Ryan Design NZ Jewellery!
A small family-run business in the heart of Dunsandel, Canterbury have been up to their elbows in all things possum for over 40 years. Possum Pam has grown from one small retail outlet selling gorgeously made possum pieces to being a major supplier in possum, sheepskin and calfskin products.
Priding themselves on creating only the very best quality pieces, these experienced furriers stand by everything they make because everything is made-to-order. No mass produced items here!
From traditional gloves, socks and slippers through to their quirky nipple warmers and luxurious shoe liners, Possum Pam guarantees to bring you only the very best of what possum, sheepskin and calfskin has to offer
Timber Arts take the natural beauty of New Zealand's native wood and crafts it into gifts of distinction.
For 20 years, Timber Arts has been handcrafting items from native timbers with their work being enjoyed all over the world thus earning them a reputation for high quality workmanship.
The New Zealand forest is a production of nature found in no other land, and Timber Arts work with a range of 19 native timbers, using the different colours and grains to produce a unparalleled finish and unique pieces.
Wood has always been an important part of human existence. Today, the timbers of our forests are a treasured national resource and are justifiably protected. In creating works of art from each small piece of wood used, the Timber Arts craftspeople place a true value on our forest heritage.
Working from her home studio workshop, Jan Cockell uses porcelain clay to make various shaped bowls, vases and boxes incorporating the universal patterns of nature carved, pierced and imprinted into the soft clay. The pieces are then dried, bisque-fired and then glazed with a matte white glaze.
The pieces are sprayed with oxide washes, although sometimes other glazes are used to produce different finishes. Crushed glass is then used to achieve subtle colour variations which come to life when fired in a kiln.
Jan is strongly influenced by the beauty of her bush surroundings, the beaches and the sea in the area she lives. Each handcrafted piece is unique and gorgeous to look at, which is probably why they make such popular gifts!
Our newest artistic space, Two Tusk Gallery, had a successful opening for the Pieces of Wood exhibition this past Saturday.
This beautiful and spiritually moving exhibition brings together a group of eight emerging New Zealand artists whose work with wood is aimed at challenging your heart, mind and soul. These mystical explorations in wood include sculptures, paintings and traditional Maori carvings.
The gathered crowd were treated to a heartfelt and humbling karakia (blessing) by contributing artist Warren Castle, followed by two more friendly hello's by sculptor Geoff Irving and painter Mark Graham,
Thank you to those who were part of this special day and we invite you all to come along with an open mind, and perhaps have your perspective on art changed forever.
Pieces of Wood is open to the public for seven days, up to and including 30 July.
Look into the history of New Zealand and you’ll find an intrinsic relationship with wood. From the ancient Maori through to today’s creative talents, working with wood takes more than just artistry; you must work with the knots and grain, and tease the timber into revealing itself to you.
Two Tusk Gallery, our newest artistic space, is proud to present Pieces of Wood; a group exhibition of emerging New Zealand artists whose work with wood is aimed at challenging your heart, mind and soul. These mystical explorations in wood include sculptures, paintings and traditional Maori carvings.
Pieces of Wood is open to the public from Saturday the 10th of June to the 30th of July, with an intimate exhibition opening on the Saturday afternoon from 3pm ~ all are welcome. Come with an open mind and perhaps your perspective on art will be forever changed.
Two Tusk Gallery is dedicated to promoting local artists and their work. It is our vision to become THE place in Auckland for people to purchase original New Zealand art for under $1000.
Mystical stories in wood, Eternal in the Past, Eternal in the future!
Geoff Irving is a woodwork teacher in Ngaruawahia. He lives and crafts his work in Hamilton and relaxes in Raglan.
He completed a three year Woodturning Trade course at the Ultimo T.A.F.E. in 1984 and a degree in Design at the U.T.S. Upon his return to Aotearoa, Geoff was strongly influenced by the wairua/spirit of Maori Art and Whakairo /wood carving.
When creating his sculptural pieces, Geoff likes to interweave this influence with the mystical writings of the 19th Century Persian Prophet Baha’u’llah, “The ancient Faith of the Maori was carved in wood and stone and will continue to shape the identity of all those fortunate to call these wonderful Islands home.”
The pulse of this ancient Faith is renewed from age to age.
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