Jewellery

Anna Hamilton

Jewellery Painting

Jewellery and Acrylic Painting

Anna loves design and being creative, whether in precious metals, gemstones, paint, spaces or technology. To her, life is creative – whether  painting, designing a piece of jewellery, building a house, designing/landscaping a garden, or designing/developing a website!  She began making jewellery a decade ago, undertaking workshops with a master jeweler in Wellington

Her designs are inspired by the understanding that jewellery needs to work in  everyday life while adding a touch of sparkle.   There's a choice of what's on show in the gallery, or an individual piece can be designed and made.

At present, Anna is working on the design of several pieces focusing on gemstones, silver and gold.   She works out of a studio attached to The Little Black Gallery where you will find her during KOAST.

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Louisa Millett

Jewellery

The natural elements of the earth and sea are a strong influence and inspiration for my fluid jewellery designs.  My designs are constantly evolving as I experiment ,while it is important that the pieces are well crafted and comfortable to wear.  I see jewellery as talismans too that inspire or hold a personal magic for the wearer.

I originally studied Jewellery/Silversmithing at the Sydney College of the Arts, but a New Zealander by descent ,living in Northland since 1991.  My travels have taken me sailing from Australia to North America and sailing through the Pacific,creating and selling jewellery for many years, and now happily settled for the past 14 years in Kerikeri.

I repeat a number of elements in my work,which enables it to be affordable,yet the infinite combinations possible keeps these pieces essentially unique.  I love using  NZ Pounamu (Greenstone) as well as a variety of other gemstones   Experimenting with the sculptural elements of jewellery as expressions of wearable art is my passion, hence Expressive Elements NZ

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Louise Spiers

Jewellery

My career in jewellery started with bone carving. I soon realised the limitations of bone and my deep need to learn more.

Moving into precious metals and including stones where  appropriate has expanded my design possibilities. I had formal training  and then worked for other manufacturing jewellers.

I am very tactile and have also done some sculpture work which I also enjoy. Now I no longer have a retail shop I am excited about creating my own pieces with less commercial orientation

Louise's work can be seen at The Little Black Gallery during KOAST and during the rest of the year.

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Marlene Strode

Jewellery

"I am a sculptor, jeweller and painter who lives in Northland, New Zealand. I feel passionate about creating art because the act of 'making' carries its own magical process. As I bring my creativity into form, I evoke a healing, awareness, or transformation in the subtle realms.

The Lost Wax Process

As a 'lost wax' jeweller, to create a figurine, I melt jeweller's wax over a flame. If the flame is too high, I can burn the wax. If it is too low, the wax doesn't melt. The flame teaches me how to regulate my own inner fire.

In addition, as I meld each segment of the wax together, the figurine shows me in pictures how he or she wants to be formed. Other figurines don't want to be made at all, and no matter how much I persist in creating them, they just keep falling apart. This usually happens when I am not ready for their teachings, and one thing I have learned is that forcing a situation can lead to a disaster when it is not the right time. It is often the case that a customer commissions an animal and then I know – the whale is here to teach me!(Or whoever the creature is who gets my attention in this way).

After being carved, the wax sculpture is encased in plaster. The encasement is heated so that the wax melts away leaving a cavity in the shape of the figurine. Sterling silver is then melted and the liquid is poured into the cavity. Once the metal has cooled, the plaster is broken away, and the sculpture is sanded, oxidised and polished. In the case of a pendant, the sculpture is then attached to a gemstone necklace or a sterling silver chain.

I resonate with the idea that The Mother is our greatest teacher. I have, therefore, designed a series of rings, pendants and earrings to celebrate our connection with the animals, flowers and trees - as well the divine feminine and masculine energies. All of these sculptures vibrate, or pulse, to their own unique personalities. Metals, crystals and gemstones are also living entities and each carry their own characteristics. When we wear the piece that calls to us, we can invoke their strengths to help us to navigate obstacles and respond to the world with wisdom.

My jewellery is handcrafted in sterling silver (925) and made with Love."

Marlene's work can be seen at The Little Black Gallery during KOAST and during the rest of the year.

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Stephanie Boyd-Dunlop

Jewellery

Stephanie has art and design in her blood  as her mother was an both enamelist and a painter.  Stephanie began with formal tuition in jewellery design and making but since then have been largely self taught.

Her work is mainly free form, eclectic, and in mixed mediums - she am very inspired by nature, with my own interpretation.  Having very recently moved to Kerikeri (early August) Stephanie is looking forward to finishing setting up her studio again and producing more work, especially enameling.

Stephanie's work can be seen at The Little Black Gallery during KOAST and the rest of the year.

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