I live in Titirangi, West Auckland and am originally from the South Island. The materials I use in my jewellery include coloured glass, stone, ceramic (broken china), and sterling silver.
All pieces are individually shaped and engraved, using diamond equipment. I use recycled materials as much as I can e.g. the glass is off-cuts from leadlight-glass workers, the broken china is from various sources – our kitchen, 2nd hand shops, other people’s donations… Some china is historic, i.e. found in old settlement sites around NZ.
The idea of giving materials a new life in another form/direction appeals – broken china or off-cut glass becoming a personal adornment. I like to use china as there are often stories behind its designs and patterns and associations and memories which are evocative. Being Pakeha in Aotearoa is explored by carving symbols from Maori culture in a material associated with European history (ceramic - china).