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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.Dimensions: 300mm x 110mm...

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

Tui - Kia Kaha

'Stay Strong'Ceramic tui, hanger on reverse.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 - Vessel 2 Ceramics
My Love for You Will Never Fade - Vessel 2 Ceramics

My Love for You Will Never Fade - Vessel 2

'E kore e mimiti te aroha mou'Large ceramic vessel.Dimensions: 280mm x 130mm...

$640.00
Love Received Love Returned - Vessel Ceramics
Love Received Love Returned - Vessel Ceramics

Love Received Love Returned - Vessel

Tall ceramic vessel.Dimensions: 450mm x 80mm...

$380.00
Well Done You - Vessel 2 Ceramics
Well Done You - Vessel 2 Ceramics

Well Done You - Vessel 2

'Well done you, whose courage is like the heart of the tawa tree.' ~ 'Ka mahi te tawa uho ki te riri.'Tall ceramic vessel.Dimensions: 360mm x 100mm...

$380.00
Follow Your Bliss - Vessel Ceramics
Follow Your Bliss - Vessel Ceramics

Follow Your Bliss - Vessel

'Me whai i to harikoa.'Tall ceramic vessel.Dimensions: 390mm x 80mm...

$320.00
Well Done You - Vessel Ceramics
Well Done You - Vessel Ceramics

Well Done You - Vessel

'Well done you, whose courage is like the heart of the tawa tree.' ~ 'Ka mahi te tawa uho ki te riri.'Tall ceramic vessel.Dimensions: 385mm x 100mm...

$380.00
Let Us Keep Close Together Not Far Apart - Vessel Ceramics
Let Us Keep Close Together Not Far Apart - Vessel Ceramics

Let Us Keep Close Together Not Far Apart - Vessel

'Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa' Tall ceramic vessel.Dimensions: 390mm x 75mm...

$320.00
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
Koru - Cup Ceramics
Koru - Cup Ceramics

Koru - Cup

Ceramic cup with red accents.Dimensions: 95mm x 80mm...

$90.00

Koru - Cup

$90.00

Love Aroha - Small Bowl Ceramics
Love Aroha - Small Bowl Ceramics

Love Aroha - Small Bowl

Small ceramic bowl.Dimensions: 75mm x 100mm...

$70.00
Aroha - Large Cup Ceramics
Aroha - Large Cup Ceramics

Aroha - Large Cup

'Love'Large ceramic cup.Dimensions: 80mm x 100mm...

$90.00
Love Aroha - Bowl Ceramics
Love Aroha - Bowl Ceramics

Love Aroha - Bowl

Tall ceramic bowl.Dimensions: 95mm x 140mm...

$100.00
Aroha Fantail - Cup Ceramics
Aroha Fantail - Cup Ceramics

Aroha Fantail - Cup

'Love'Ceramic cup.Dimensions: 90mm x 80mm...

$90.00
Aroha - Bowl Ceramics
Aroha - Bowl Ceramics

Aroha - Bowl

Ceramic tall bowl.Dimensions: 90mm x 150mm...

$120.00

Aroha - Bowl

$120.00

Kawakawa - Bowl Ceramics
Kawakawa - Bowl Ceramics

Kawakawa - Bowl

Ceramic tall bowl.Dimensions: 70mm x 115mm...

$90.00
Moth - Sold Individually   Ceramics
Moth - Sold Individually   Ceramics

Moth - Sold Individually

Original ceramic moths. Sold individually.Matt finish.Made to hang on the wall. Please enquire as to availability. Each vary in colour, size, make and price...

$140.00
Aroha - Medium Cup Ceramics
Aroha - Medium Cup Ceramics

Aroha - Medium Cup

'Love'Medium ceramic cup.Dimensions: 90mm x 80mm...

$90.00
Love - Bowl Ceramics
Love - Bowl Ceramics

Love - Bowl

Ceramic tall bowl.Dimensions: 85mm x 85mm...

$70.00

Love - Bowl

$70.00

'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 - Large Circlet Ceramics
Kia Kaha - Large Circlet Ceramics

Kia Kaha - Large Circlet

'Stay Strong'Large ceramic circlet to be wall hung. Hanger on reverse.Dimensions: 190mm x 160mm...

$120.00
'Precious Treasure' - Vessel Ceramics
'Precious Treasure' - Vessel Ceramics

'Precious Treasure' - Vessel

'Seek the most precious of treasures' ~ 'Whāia te iti kahurangi'Tall ceramic vase.Dimensions: 330mm x 65mm...

$280.00
My Love for You Will Never Fade - Vessel Ceramics
My Love for You Will Never Fade - Vessel Ceramics

My Love for You Will Never Fade - Vessel

'E kore e mimiti te aroha mou'Tall ceramic vessel.Dimensions: 400mm x 70mm...

$320.00
Aroha - Small Cup Ceramics
Aroha - Small Cup Ceramics

Aroha - Small Cup

'Love'Ceramic cup. Dimensions: 75mm x 80mm...

$90.00
Aroha - Cup Ceramics
Aroha - Cup Ceramics

Aroha - Cup

'Love'Ceramic cup.Dimensions: 85mm x 90mm...

$90.00

Aroha - Cup

$90.00

Kia Kaha - Circlet Ceramics
Kia Kaha - Circlet Ceramics

Kia Kaha - Circlet

'Stay Strong'Small ceramic circlet to be wall hung. Hanger on reverse.Dimensions: 125mm x 125mm...

$75.00
'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
Me Whai I Te Haikoa - Vessel Ceramics
Me Whai I Te Haikoa - Vessel Ceramics

Me Whai I Te Haikoa - Vessel

'Follow your bliss'Tall ceramic vessel.Dimensions: 350mm x 65mm...

$280.00
Kia Tau Te Rangimarie - Vessel Ceramics
Kia Tau Te Rangimarie - Vessel Ceramics

Kia Tau Te Rangimarie - Vessel

'May peace be with you'Tall ceramic vessel.Dimensions: 465mm x 85mm...

$380.00
Tui Aroha - Cup Ceramics
Tui Aroha - Cup Ceramics

Tui Aroha - Cup

'Tui Love' Ceramic cup.Dimensions: 85mm x 100mm...

$90.00
Aroha - Heart Ceramics
Aroha - Heart Ceramics

Aroha - Heart

'Love'Small ceramic heart to be wall hung. Hanger on reverse.Dimensions: 115mm x 100mm...

$40.00

Aroha - Heart

$40.00

Taku Toi Kahurangi - Circlet Ceramics
Taku Toi Kahurangi - Circlet Ceramics

Taku Toi Kahurangi - Circlet

'My Precious Jewel'Medium ceramic circlet to be wall hung. Hanger on reverse.Dimensions: 150mm x 150mm...

$100.00