Hera Johns Puwheke te Maunga Mamaru te Waka Te Whanau Moana te Hapu Haititaimarangai te Marae Karikari te Moana Ngati Kahu te Iwi Raised by my Great grandparents in the far north at Karikari Peninnsula, I moved to Auckland in my early twenties now residing on the North Shore in Auckland with my two tamariki. Self-taught with guidance of my tupuna through the close relationship I shared with my home lands. Working with Uku (clay) connects me with Papatuaanuku, I draw inspiration through her, the simplicity we see in nature and reflecting the beauty of that simplicity in my work. I would like people to feel a sense of calm when viewing or wearing my pieces. Being a self-taught artist I am free from creative constraints and enjoy working with a variety of mediums. Working with Uku has been a gradual evolution for me which started with bone, shell and sandstone carvings. For the last 6 years I have concentrated on Uku and have been working and exhibiting alongside other Maori Artists. Recently (2012) I was invited to became a member of Nga Kaihanga Uku and selected with other established Maori Artists to represent Aotearoa through Creative New Zealand to travel to the Solomon Islands for the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts.
Please email me if you are interested in any of my works. Mauri Ora