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Rhonda Lidgard

Kia Ora My name is Rhonda. I have been weaving on and off over the past twenty years, in the last five years it has become a passion for me, as I find relaxation and healing in working and creating with harakeke. All my harakeke is harvested and prepared in the traditional manner, dyes used are Teri or Rit fibre dyes. As all harakeke items have been boiled, they are able to travel over sea’s.
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Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson is a self-taught pounamu (jade) carver; his work resides in both public and private collections worldwide. These carvings are keenly sought after as ceremonial pieces. His pounamu carvings have been recognised by Maori tohunga (priests) as being guided by the carvers of old. According to long established custom, Richard has been blessed in the traditional manner. Richard and his work from then on carries these blessings. Richard's sensitivity and love of pounamu result in works with universal appeal. The work reflects his inner journey, his love of people, nature, beauty, shape and form, his interest in healing, awareness, eternity and the conclusion of all journeys inner piece. His machinery and tool designs are held in highest regard by jade carvers and engineers alike. Each piece is an entity in its own right, worthy of pounamu's eternal attributes: a tribute to God in nature.
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Morag Shaw

I am from the Shetland Islands to the far north of Scotland, but have lived in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand for over nine years. In that time I have made the transition from being a midwife to becoming a full time artist, completing a Bachelor of Art and Design degree in 2014. I love the traditional, manual processes of drawing and printmaking and produce works in woodcut, etching and aquatint and mezzotint. My favorite artists include Paula Rego, William Kentridge, Durer and Goya. My own recent work is about man’s place in the animal world. If you are interested in purchasing or exhibiting any of my work please contact me.
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Kaye McGarva

Illusion and Perception are the two main themes behind my work. I align my practice with artists from a variety of movements, such as, “Light and Space” artists James Turrell and Robert Irwin and 60's OP artist Bridget Riley. I work non-figuratively, minimizing the "hand of the artist" so process and chance influence the final outcome. The paintings that result from the directional spray technique I employ have an uncanny resemblance to topographic photographs. They hover about the border between abstract and representational, appearing to be both familiar and strange at the same time. My aim is to generate a physical response within the viewer in an effort to bring awareness to the role their body plays in interpreting visual information.
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Corrine Barrons

I am a new resident to New Zealand, arrived here in April 2013 and I'm loving my new home. I am in residence at Waiohiki Arts Village and working with John Gisborne of 'Pottery in motion'. I believe that the work that I am creating is of high standard and very creative- my goal is for my work to be available around New Zealand . I am a very unique person and this shows in the pieces that I create. My goal is to offer a range of creative and quirky art which people love.
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Chris Elliott

Chris Elliott is a Hawke's Bay artist who was born in Uganda, moved to England when he was 6 and finally to New Zealand in 1974 where he earned his living as a musician for 18 years. In his own words, he is an 'eclectic, multi-talented artist working in a variety of media and styles'. He has been commissioned to create a number of public sculptures in bronze : bust of Gottfried Lindauer, the NZ portraitist, life-size bronze sculptures of John Balance and Peter Snell for the Wanganui City Council. He has studied under Alan Brown and attended various workshops in painting, drawing, sculpture particularly carving greenstone, marble, wood and bone.
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Pagan Moon

I am originally from Auckland and lived in the Kaipara for almost 10 yrs. I have been creative in some form or another for all of my life. I remember as a child getting in trouble for ruining my church clothes, after playing in the reserve at the back of our house, making clay figures and pots.I work in paint, mixed media and sculpture. All works are available for sale, unless already sold. You can go to my website HERE
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Hugh Tareha

Master carver Hugh Tareha has whakapapa back to Tangaroa. He shares connections with the house Hau Te Ananui, Ruatepukepuke, and the traditions of whakairo, Maori carving. Based at his studio at Pawhakairo, Waiohiki Arts Village, Hugh’s style is recognised as being truly indigenous to the Napier area. His pou are dotted around the Ahuriri precinct, at the EIT Otatara campus, and on Otatara itself. A fine example of his primitive style is his carving of Wiremu Tamihana at the entrance to Waiohiki Marae. Hugh undertakes commissions in both traditional and contemporary forms but prefers to use native timbers. He is an expert in carving traditional Maori weaponry. His work is held by several prestigious art collectors including Kevin Roberts of Saatchi & Saatchi. Hugh’s carved tree trunks at the Napier Golf Links and on the Puketapu hill have become popular with tourists to the area. He is an engaging host and welcomes visitors to his studio.
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Heather Turner

Heather has enjoyed the challenge of submitting work to selected exhibitions throughout the country and has had work accepted in the Academy of Fine Arts, Hawke‟s Bay Craft Review, National Embroiderers Guild, National Textile Crafts Award 1993, Norsewear Art Awards, Hawke‟s Bay Art Review, National Potters 1992 Easter Show, Royal Easter Show, and National Quilt Exhibitions. Heather set up a small workshop studio at the Waiohiki Creative Arts Village in September 2007 where she is constantly availing herself of new technique learning opportunities by attending classes and courses offered locally. Design, textures, colours and experimentation in combining media to create expressive original works is her constant challenge and delight.
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Mandy Olson

I began my journey into the wonderful world of clay in the mid 1990s, after dabbling in weaving, knitting and craft work from natural objects. Initially I attended weekly evening classes at Wellington High School for several months and then spent the following two years at adult sculpture classes at Petone College, Lower Hutt. During my second year I began exhibiting with the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts in Wellington. As well as producing work for their general exhibitions, I was part of a group exhibition called ‘Going Solo 12’ in 2000. I also entered work in the ‘2000 Norsewear Art Awards’ and my pieces sold well in both these exhibitions. During this time I was approached by several galleries in both North and South Islands and Sydney Australia and I began supplying my work commercially. I was a member of ‘The Bakehouse Gallery’ in Cuba Street Wellington, as well as supplying for ‘Wellington Potters Co-op Gallery’ in Woodward Street Wellington. In January 2001 I attended a Bronze Casting Workshop in the Wairarapa, produced several pieces and am currently working in this medium as well as in clay. My work is largely narrative and figurative in nature with a quirky, humorous feel. I often prefer to work instinctively with little plan other than a phrase or a play on words that amuses me. I sculpt mainly in a fine earthenware clay which requires 2 firings. When I create my bronze pieces, they are formed in wax and cast by the ‘Lost Wax’ method. My most personally satisfying pieces are those that evolve as I push and pull the clay or soften and squeeze the wax until a form appears.
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John Gisborne

John Gisborne has been working in clay for approximately 20 years and has been living at and part of the Waiohiki Creative Arts Village for 5 years. John started off his craft with his mother who was also a clay worker and running a pottery business. In the 1980‟s he worked with Alan Vickers at Mt Manganui followed by a period with the Waikato Society of Potters as a resident potter. He had his own studio in Hamilton for two years and then for five years worked with the famous Barry Brickell at Driving Creek Railway and Potteries. John has also worked in Scotland at Glasgow Ceramics for about 18 months before returning to New Zealand and taking up residence at the village. Besides working as an individual artist John is an active member of the Taradale Pottery Club. He played an integral role in the design and construction of the wood fired kiln and delights in learning to master its complexities. John is passionate about wood firing his sculptural forms, and enjoys the link to the tradition of his craft and the unique effects from flame and ash that are created during the course of a wood firing. Besides producing a range of domestic and decorative pottery John's current work involves sculptural garden and water features which are predominantly inspired and informed by ideas of the „organic‟ and „feminine‟.
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