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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.” 

Tui - Stay Strong Ceramics
Tui - Stay Strong Ceramics

Tui - Stay Strong

Kia Kaha.Ceramic tui, hanger on reverse.These are all unique one-off pieces so there may be slight variations between each piece.Dimensions: 300mm x 110mm...

$100.00
Tui - Kia Kaha Sculpture
Tui - Kia Kaha Sculpture

Tui - Kia Kaha

'Stay Strong'Ceramic tui, hanger on reverse.These are all unique one-off pieces so there may be slight variations between each piece.Dimensions: 300mm x 110mm...

$100.00

Tui - Kia Kaha

$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
Kia Kaha - Circlet Ceramics
Kia Kaha - Circlet Ceramics

Kia Kaha - Circlet

'Stay Strong'Small ceramic circlet 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 125mm...

$75.00
Aroha - Medium Heart Ceramics
Aroha - Medium Heart Ceramics

Aroha - Medium Heart

'Love'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: 130mm x 130mm...

$55.00
'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
Aroha - Heart Ceramics
Aroha - Heart Ceramics

Aroha - Heart

'Love'Small 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: 115mm x 100mm...

$45.00

Aroha - Heart

$45.00