Rick Peters is a graduate student of Te Takapū o Rotowhio – Stone and Bone Carving School who is passionate about studying the old forms, weapons and patterns of whakairo. With the use of modern tools, he loves to try and push technical boundaries in creating tribal style pendants.
He likes to design innovative contemporary concepts whilst remaining in synch with traditional whakairo. Rick Peters wishes to continue stone and bone carving to achieve quality works at the highest possible standards.
Stacy works with multimedia, bone, pounamu (greenstone), stone, wood, silver and more. He became lead tutor of Te Takapū in September 2014. He holds a Diploma in Māori Visual Art and Design and has works held in Te Papa, Pātaka Museum and the Dowse Museum Collections, as well as private collections worldwide.
Stacy’s background involves artist teaching and exchange residencies in Alaska and Hawai’i. His influences are Pacific Rim indigenous artisans past and present, as well as Great Grand Uncles Pine and Hone Te Kauru Taiapa.
Wi-Kuki Hewett has studied the craft of bone and stone carving under the guidance of Master Practitioner, Stacy Gordine in the Te Takapū o Rotowhio School.
He has a passion for carving derived from a Rongowhakaata master carver of his time, Raharuhi Rukupō most famous for his carved house, Te Hau-ki-Tūranga. Within two years of studying at the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, Wi-Kuki’s passion for whakairo has grown immensely and he hopes to continue to learn and further his knowledge and skill in this craft.