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Kawakawa Stone

Kawakawa Stone

Kawakawa Stone is a New Zealand umbrella company created by Nick Spicer Balme and Madelyne Gourdin to combine their creative process in one location.  They carve New Zealand Pounmau (Jade) into forms from the depths of their minds and imaginations.

 

 Nick Spicer Balme:  Growing up in New Zealand, Nick was drawn to carving as a counterbalance to life in the modern world. He fell in love with the process as it makes him feel a stronger connection to his homeland, Aotearoa.


First carving materials such as bone, antler and wood by hand, Nick would spend a lot of time in nature contemplating the forms and their future possibilities, slowly moving the material by hand with sharp tools. 


Moving then to Greymouth, the Heart of the Pounmau (Jade) country, Nick attended Tai Poutani Polytechnic to learn how to carve stone. Graduating with a Diploma in Hard-stone Carving and Passing with Merit,  he also received the Mountain Jade Excellence Award.  In 2016 Nick received a Silver Medal in the Contemporary Category and was awarded the Emerging Artist Award for New Upcoming Artist. 


Heavily influenced by the natural environment, plants and landscapes, carving was a way to connect with nature allowing him to channel and create his own representations, through a contemporary organic style with influence from native Maori art. 

Madelyne Gourdin:  Mady was born in France, she studied art history and archeology at university which enhanced her love for the rich history of the art world.  She later transfused this to learn the manual work of stone carving and restoration, to be in coherence with her first passion, history and archeology.  She spent the next 5 years working as an apprentice, working on monuments and restoring sculptures and architecture, mostly in Paris.  She immersed herself in the constancy of the art culture, which influenced  her own art, making it grow.  This process gave her the opportunity to win the French contest, 'Award Future Artistic Careers' from the 'National Institute of the Arts Careers' in 2012.  She passed the Diploma with distinction as a 'Stone Masson Specialised Sculptor, and Restorator of Historical Monuments'.

In November 2015, Mady travelled to New Zealand, to discover a new culture, new arts and influence. Since then she was invited to participate in three local sculpture symposiums in Westport, Hokitika and Greymouth. She brings European style to New Zealand stone, creating a fusion of the two worlds.   In August 2016, she found a love for jade carving, and since then has never stopped.


Round greenstone pendant Maori Art
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Round greenstone pendant Maori Art
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Round greenstone pendant

Round pounamu pendant with transparent centre.Dimensions: 37mm...

$225.00
Greenstone Pendant Maori Art brown cord
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Greenstone Pendant Maori Art brown cord
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Greenstone Pendant - Brown cord

Pounamu Pendant on adjustable brown cord.Dimensions: 65mm x 27mm...

$75.00
Niho Maori Art
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Niho Maori Art
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Niho

Greenstone Shark Tooth.Dimensions: 40mm x 30mm...

$70.00

Niho

$70.00

Hei Matau Maori Art
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Hei Matau Maori Art
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Hei Matau

Greenstone fish hook.Dimensions: 50mm x 24mm...

$230.00

Hei Matau

$230.00

Fish Hook Maori Art
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Fish Hook Maori Art
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Fish Hook

Hei Matau.Dimensions: 65mm x 30mm...

$350.00

Fish Hook

$350.00

Slender Toki Maori Art
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Slender Toki Maori Art
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Slender Toki

Slender Toki with adjustable cord.Dimensions: 60mm x 20mm...

$175.00

Slender Toki

$175.00

Circle Pounamu Maori Art
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Circle Pounamu Maori Art
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Circle Pounamu

Circle Greenstone.Dimensions: 45mm x 45mm...

$175.00

Circle Pounamu

$175.00

Bound Toki Maori Art
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Bound Toki Maori Art
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Bound Toki

New Zealand greenstone toki.Dimensions: 57mm x 27mm...

$195.00

Bound Toki

$195.00

Toki on natural cord Maori Art
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Toki on natural cord Maori Art
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Toki on natural cord

Greenstone toki on neutral adjustable cord.Dimensions: 57mm x 27mm...

$95.00
Toki Pendant Maori Art
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Toki Pendant Maori Art
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Toki Pendant

NZ Greenstone Toki on adjustable cord.Dimensions: 30mm x 40mm...

$125.00

Toki Pendant

$125.00

Curve Pounamu Pendant Maori Art
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Curve Pounamu Pendant Maori Art
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Curve Pounamu Pendant

Beautiful to hold.Curved and twisted Greenstone.Dimensions: 45mm x 25mm...

$125.00
Greenstone Drop Necklace Maori Art
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Greenstone Drop Necklace Maori Art
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Greenstone Drop Necklace

Pounamu Drop Necklace.Dimensions: 72mm x 15mm...

$115.00
Circular Pounamu - Small Maori Art
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Circular Pounamu - Small Maori Art
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Circular Pounamu - Small

Circular greenstone pendant on adjustable cord.Dimensions: 30mm round...

$135.00
Circular Pounamu - Large Maori Art
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Circular Pounamu - Large Maori Art
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Circular Pounamu - Large

Circular greenstone pendant on adjustable cord.Dimensions: 50mm round...

$265.00
Pounamu Drop on Black Cord. Maori Art
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Pounamu Drop on Black Cord. Maori Art
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Pounamu Drop on Black Cord.

Pounamu Drop on Black Cord.Dimensions: 55mm x 10mm...

$125.00
Greenstone Drop on Natural Cord Maori Art
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Greenstone Drop on Natural Cord Maori Art
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Greenstone Drop on Natural Cord

Pounamu Drop on Natural Cord.Dimensions: 55mm x 10mm...

$125.00
Pounamu pendant Maori Art
Pounamu pendant Maori Art

Pounamu pendant

Greenstone pendant.Dimensions: 65mm x 24mm...

$45.00
Toki Jewellery
Toki Jewellery

Toki

New Zealand Pounamu pendant.Dimensions:  70mm x 25mm...

$135.00

Toki

$135.00

Stylised Manaia Greenstone Pendant Jewellery
Stylised Manaia Greenstone Pendant Jewellery

Stylised Manaia Greenstone Pendant

New Zealand Pounamu pendant.Dimensions:  55mm x 35mm...

$275.00
Round Greenstone Pendant Jewellery
Round Greenstone Pendant Jewellery

Round Greenstone Pendant

New Zealand Pounamu pendant.Dimensions:  25mm...

$70.00
Greenstone Leaf Pendant Jewellery
Greenstone Leaf Pendant Jewellery

Greenstone Leaf Pendant

New Zealand Pounamu pendant.Dimensions:  50mm x 30mm...

$180.00