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Clive Fugill

TOHUNGA WHAKAIRO (MASTER CARVER)
  • Rotorua, Waikato
  • NGĀTI RANGINUI, NGĀI TE RANGI, TAINUI & NGĀTI RAUKAWA
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Description Clive began his carving career with a pocket knife in a wood shed. He was part of the first intake of tauira here at the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua in 1967. Arguably one of the most accomplished technical carvers alive, he is still at NZMACI today. “If we lose our arts and crafts, we lose our identity,” explains Clive. Clive places great importance in being able to keep traditional Māori arts, carving and tikanga (customs) alive. His dream is that the next generation of Māori will ‘pick up the chisel and mallet’ and carry the art into the future so that it will never be lost. Master Carver Clive Fugill recognised in art awards - June, 2022
“It’s important that we pass on our art to future generations, to show our unique art form worldwide. Our art and culture will never die out.”

Clive began his carving career with a pocket knife in a wood shed. He was part of the first intake of tauira here at the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua in 1967. Arguably one of the most accomplished technical carvers alive, he is still at NZMACI today. “If we lose our arts and crafts, we lose our identity,” explains Clive.

Clive places great importance in being able to keep traditional Māori arts, carving and tikanga (customs) alive. His dream is that the next generation of Māori will ‘pick up the chisel and mallet’ and carry the art into the future so that it will never be lost.

Master Carver Clive Fugill recognised in art awards – June, 2022

“It’s important that we pass on our art to future generations, to show our unique art form worldwide. Our art and culture will never die out.”

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