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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 14 Ceramics
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Tall Thin Vase 14 Ceramics
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Tall Thin Vase 14

Tall Matte Te Reo Vessel.Kihi Kihi - Kiss KissThese are all unique one-off pieces so there may be slight variations between each piece.(Not water safe).Dimensions: H335 x W60...

$275.00
Tall Thin Vase 7 - When Love is Given, Love is Returned, Aroha Mai, Aroha Atu. Ceramics
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Tall Thin Vase 7 - When Love is Given, Love is Returned, Aroha Mai, Aroha Atu. Ceramics
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Tall Thin Vase 7 - When Love is Given, Love is Returned, Aro...

Tall Matte Te Reo Vessel.When Love is Given, Love is Returned, Aroha Mai, Aroha Atu.These are all unique one-off pieces so there may be slight variations between each piece.(Not water safe).Dimensions..

$275.00
Tall Thin Vase 6 - Matte - Tui and Cross Ceramics
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Tall Thin Vase 6 - Matte - Tui and Cross Ceramics
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Tall Thin Vase 6 - Matte - Tui and Cross

Tall Matte Vessel.These are all unique one-off pieces so there may be slight variations between each piece.(Not water safe).Dimensions: H305 x W55...

$275.00
Tall Thin Vase 5 - We Fly To Each Other ..... Ceramics
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Tall Thin Vase 5 - We Fly To Each Other ..... Ceramics
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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 - When Love is Given... Ceramics
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Tall Thin Vase - When Love is Given... Ceramics
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Tall Thin Vase - When Love is Given...

Tall Te Reo Vessel.When Love is Given, Love is Returned, Aroha Mai, Aroha Atu.These are all unique one-off pieces so there may be slight variations between each piece.(Not water safe).Dimensions: H400..

$360.00
Tall Thin Vase 4 Ceramics
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Tall Thin Vase 4 Ceramics
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Tall Thin Vase 4 Matte - Seek the Most Precious of Treasures...

Tall Te Reo Vessel.Seek the Most Precious of Treasures, Whaia Te Iti KahurangiThese are all unique one-off pieces so there may be slight variations between each piece.(Not water safe).Dimensions: H400..

$395.00
Tall Thin Vase 3 - The Bird Calls, The Day Begins, I am Alive..... Ceramics
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Tall Thin Vase 3 - The Bird Calls, The Day Begins, I am Alive..... Ceramics
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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 2 - My Love for You.... Ceramics
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Tall Thin Vase 2 - My Love for You.... Ceramics
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Tall Thin Vase 2 - My Love for You....

Tall Te Reo Vessel.My Love For You Endures and Remains for Evermore, Ko Taku Aroha Mau Tonu Ana E.These are all unique one-off pieces so there may be slight variations between each piece.(Not water sa..

$360.00
Tall Thin Vase - Well done You..... Ceramics
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Tall Thin Vase - Well done You..... Ceramics
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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
XL Vase - Seek the Most Precious of Treasures - Whaia Te Iti Kahurangi Ceramics
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XL Vase - Seek the Most Precious of Treasures - Whaia Te Iti Kahurangi Ceramics
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XL Vase - Seek the Most Precious of Treasures - Whaia Te Iti...

XL Te Reo Vase.Seek the Most Precious of Treasures - Whaia Te Iti KahurangiThese are all unique one-off pieces so there may be slight variations between each piece.Dimensions: H165mm x W195mm...

$495.00
Metallic Bowl - Medium Fantail Ceramics
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Metallic Bowl - Medium Fantail Ceramics
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Metallic Bowl - Medium Fantail

Metallic Bowl - Medium Fantail.Not food safe.These are all unique one-off pieces so there may be slight variations between each piece.Dimensions: H120mm x W130mm...

$225.00
Metallic Bowl - Medium Aroha Love Ceramics
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Metallic Bowl - Medium Aroha Love Ceramics
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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 Bowl - Medium Aroha Tui Ceramics
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Metallic Bowl - Medium Aroha Tui Ceramics
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Metallic Bowl - Medium Aroha Tui

Metallic Bowl - Medium Aroha Tui.Not food safe.These are all unique one-off pieces so there may be slight variations between each piece.Dimensions: H115mm x W160mm...

$295.00
Metallic Vase 2 - Tui Tui Arohanui Ceramics
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Metallic Vase 2 - Tui Tui Arohanui Ceramics
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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
Metallic Vessel - Aroha Mai Aroha Atu - Love Received Love Returned Ceramics
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Metallic Vessel - Aroha Mai Aroha Atu - Love Received Love Returned Ceramics
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Metallic Vessel - Aroha Mai Aroha Atu - Love Received Love R...

Te Reo Vessel.Aroha Mai Aroha Atu - Love Received Love Returned.These are all unique one-off pieces so there may be slight variations between each piece.(Not water safe).Dimensions: 290mm x 165mm...

$595.00
Tui 2 - Stay Strong Kia Kaha Ceramics
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Tui 2 - Stay Strong Kia Kaha Ceramics
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Tui 2 - Stay Strong Kia Kaha

Te Reo Tui.Stay Strong - Kia KahaTui 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
Tui - Kia Kaha Stay Strong Ceramics
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Tui - Kia Kaha Stay Strong Ceramics
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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
Medium Circlet - Kia Kaha Stay Strong Ceramics
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Medium Circlet - Kia Kaha Stay Strong Ceramics
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Medium Circlet - Kia Kaha Stay Strong

Te Reo Circlet.Kia Kaha - Stay StrongMedium ceramic circle to be wall hung.  Hanger on reverse.These are all unique one-off pieces so there may be slight variations between each piece.Dimensions:..

$100.00
Aroha - Love Heart Cup 5 Ceramics
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Aroha - Love Heart Cup 5 Ceramics
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Aroha - Love Heart Cup 5

Ceramic vessel.These are all unique one-off pieces so there may be slight variations between each piece.Dimensions: 85mm x 85mm...

$90.00
Piwakawaka (Fantail) Wide Rim Bowl Ceramics
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Piwakawaka (Fantail) Wide Rim Bowl Ceramics
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Piwakawaka (Fantail) Wide Rim Bowl

Ceramic vessel.These are all unique one-off pieces so there may be slight variations between each piece.Dimensions: 75mm x 120mm...

$90.00
Koru and Tui Wide Cup 1 Ceramics
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Koru and Tui Wide Cup 1 Ceramics
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Koru and Tui Wide Cup 1

Ceramic vessel.These are all unique one-off pieces so there may be slight variations between each piece.Dimensions: 75mm x 125mm...

$90.00
Koru and Red Polka Dot Cup Ceramics
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Koru and Red Polka Dot Cup Ceramics
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Koru and Red Polka Dot Cup

Ceramic vessel.These are all unique one-off pieces so there may be slight variations between each piece.Dimensions: 85mm x 102mm...

$90.00
Fantail Cup 2 Ceramics
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Fantail Cup 2 Ceramics
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Fantail Cup 2

Ceramic vessel.These are all unique one-off pieces so there may be slight variations between each piece.Dimensions: 85mm x 110mm...

$90.00

Fantail Cup 2

$90.00

Koru Cup  Ceramics
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Koru Cup  Ceramics
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Koru Cup

Ceramic vessel.These are all unique one-off pieces so there may be slight variations between each piece.Dimensions: 80mm x 110mm...

$90.00

Koru Cup

$90.00

Circlet Large 2 - Mauria Te Pono - Believe in Yourself Ceramics
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Circlet Large 2 - Mauria Te Pono - Believe in Yourself Ceramics
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Circlet Large 2 - Mauria Te Pono - Believe in Yourself

Te Reo Circlet.Mauria Te Pono - Believe in Yourself.Large ceramic circle to be wall hung.  Hanger on reverse.These are all unique one-off pieces so there may be slight variations between each pie..

$120.00
Circlet - Large 1 (Mauria Te Pono - Believe in Yourself) Ceramics
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Circlet - Large 1 (Mauria Te Pono - Believe in Yourself) Ceramics
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Circlet - Large 1 (Mauria Te Pono - Believe in Yourself)

Te Reo Circlet.Mauria Te Pono - Believe in Yourself.Large ceramic circle to be wall hung.  Hanger on reverse.These are all unique one-off pieces so there may be slight variations between each pie..

$120.00
Aroha Heart Large 2 Ceramics
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Aroha Heart Large 2 Ceramics
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Aroha Heart Large 2

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
Aroha Heart Large 1 Ceramics
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Aroha Heart Large 1 Ceramics
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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
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Medium Heart  - Aroha (2) Ceramics
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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
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Aroha Heart - Medium Ceramics
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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
'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