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Amber Smith

Amber Smith

Amber Smith, a printmaker and ceramic artist from Nelson. Amber works from her home taking inspiration from her surroundings, enjoying forest and beach walks amongst the native birdlife. The imagery used in Amber’s prints and ceramics are an exploration of her wairoa (spirit) and what it means to come from Aotearoa. 

Her pieces are all hand built, hand painted and etched using the scrafitto technique. Her prints begin as an image etched in clay, and this is photographed and digitally reproduced. Works often include whakataukī and waiata, along with their translation into English.

“I love words and nearly always use them in my work. Maori whakatauki (proverbs) and waiata aroha (songs about the nature of love) have such an emotional resonance that they become part of the image itself… I like the tall forms because they blur the line between functional and sculptural, and when grouped together they represent whanau.” 

Tall Thin Vase 5 - We Fly To Each Other ..... Ceramics
Tall Thin Vase 5 - We Fly To Each Other ..... Ceramics

Tall Thin Vase 5 - We Fly To Each Other .....

Tall Te Reo Vessel.We Fly To Each Other, E Rere Nei Taua Ki Ataua E.These are all unique one-off pieces so there may be slight variations between each piece.(Not water safe)...

$275.00
Tall Thin Vase 3 - The Bird Calls, The Day Begins, I am Alive..... Ceramics
Tall Thin Vase 3 - The Bird Calls, The Day Begins, I am Alive..... Ceramics

Tall Thin Vase 3 - The Bird Calls, The Day Begins, I am Aliv...

Tall Te Reo Vessel.The Bird Calls, The Day Begins, I am Alive, Korihi Ake Nga Manu Takakiri Mai Te Ata Ka Ao Ka Ao Ka Awatea Tihei Mauri Ora.These are all unique one-off pieces so there may be slight ..

$360.00
Tall Thin Vase - Well done You..... Ceramics
Tall Thin Vase - Well done You..... Ceramics

Tall Thin Vase - Well done You.....

Te Reo Vessel.Well Done You, Whose Courage is like the Heart of the Tawa Tree.These are all unique one-off pieces so there may be slight variations between each piece.(Not water safe).Dimensions: H400..

$360.00
Metallic Bowl - Medium Aroha Love Ceramics
Metallic Bowl - Medium Aroha Love Ceramics

Metallic Bowl - Medium Aroha Love

Metallic Bowl - Medium Aroha Love.Not food safe.These are all unique one-off pieces so there may be slight variations between each piece.Dimensions: H100mm x W155mm...

$285.00
Metallic Vase 2 - Tui Tui Arohanui Ceramics
Metallic Vase 2 - Tui Tui Arohanui Ceramics

Metallic Vase 2 - Tui Tui Arohanui

Te Reo Vessel.Tui Tui Arohanui - Lots of love TuiThese are all unique one-off pieces so there may be slight variations between each piece.(Not water safe).Dimensions: H205mm x W200mm...

$495.00
Tui - Kia Kaha Stay Strong Ceramics
Tui - Kia Kaha Stay Strong Ceramics

Tui - Kia Kaha Stay Strong

Te Reo Tui.Kia Kaha - Stay StrongTui to be wall hung.  Hanger on reverse.These are all unique one-off pieces so there may be slight variations between each piece.Dimensions: 110mm x 300mm...

$100.00
Heart Small - Aroha 1 Ceramics
Heart Small - Aroha 1 Ceramics

Heart Small - Aroha 1

Aroha means 'Love' in Maori.Ceramic heart to be wall hung.  Hanger on reverse.These are all unique one-off pieces so there may be slight variations between each piece.Dimensions: 125mm x 120mm...

$45.00
Aroha Heart Large 1 Ceramics
Aroha Heart Large 1 Ceramics

Aroha Heart Large 1

Aroha means 'Love' in Maori.Large ceramic heart to be wall hung.  Hanger on reverse.These are all unique one-off pieces so there may be slight variations between each piece.Dimensions: 130mm x 16..

$97.50
Medium Heart  - Aroha (2) Ceramics
Medium Heart  - Aroha (2) Ceramics

Medium Heart - Aroha (2)

Aroha means 'Love' in Maori.Medium ceramic heart to be wall hung. Hanger on reverse.These are all unique one-off pieces so there may be slight variations between each piece.Dimensions: 125mm x 120mm...

$55.00
Aroha Heart - Medium Ceramics
Aroha Heart - Medium Ceramics

Aroha Heart - Medium (1)

Aroha means 'Love' in Maori.Medium ceramic heart to be wall hung. Hanger on reverse.These are all unique one-off pieces so there may be slight variations between each piece.Dimensions: 125mm x 120mm...

$55.00
Fantail (Aroha/Love) Ceramics
Fantail (Aroha/Love) Ceramics

Fantail (Aroha/Love)

Ceramic fantail.Fixing on reverse side to be wall hung.Each fantail may vary and be with or without words.  Please enquire as to what we have available.Dimensions: H150mm x W200mm...

$100.00
Fantail (Aroha) Ceramics
Fantail (Aroha) Ceramics

Fantail (Aroha)

Ceramic fantail.Fixing on reverse side to be wall hung.Each fantail may vary and be with or without words.  Please enquire as to what we have available.Dimensions: H150mm x W200mm..

$100.00

Fantail (Aroha)

$100.00

'Precious Treasure' - Large Vessel Ceramics
'Precious Treasure' - Large Vessel Ceramics

'Precious Treasure' - Large Vessel

'Seek the most precious of treasures' ~ 'Whāia te iti kahurangi'Large ceramic vessel.Dimensions: 250mm x 230mm...

$640.00
My Love for You Will Never Fade -  Large Vessel Ceramics
My Love for You Will Never Fade -  Large Vessel Ceramics

My Love for You Will Never Fade - Large Vessel

'E kore e mimiti te aroha mou'Large ceramic vessel.Dimensions: 290mm x 190mm...

$560.00
Moth - Sold Individually   Ceramics
Moth - Sold Individually   Ceramics

Moth - Sold Individually

Original ceramic moths. Sold individually.  Various prices and sizes.  From $140.Matt finish.Made to hang on the wall. Please enquire as to availability. Each vary in colour, size, make..

$140.00
'I am the Land' - Vessel Ceramics
'I am the Land' - Vessel Ceramics

'I am the Land' - Vessel

'I am the land, and the land is me' ~ 'Ko au te whenua, ko te whenua ko au.'Ceramic vessel.Dimensions: 290mm x 230mm...

$625.00
'I Am Always There' - Vessel Ceramics
'I Am Always There' - Vessel Ceramics

'I Am Always There' - Vessel

'I am always there by you in spirit, always and forever.' ~ 'Kei kōnā ā-wairua tonu ahau mo ake tonu ahau.'Medium ceramic vessel.Dimensions: 300mm x 220mm...

$625.00