The story of UKU
UKU; clay/white clay/pottery
You have found UKU, home of sculptural jewellery, hand-made by New Zealand artist Amanda Kemp.
Amanda’s studio is based in Grey Lynn, Auckland. ‘It’s a peaceful, quiet space in a colourful area and allows me to work consciously with intuition and connection that creates a stillness in my work.
Born in Manutuke, Gisborne (Rongowhakaata descent) she travelled the world extensively, before settling at Muriwai Beach. ‘This community has a strong connection with the ocean and deep nature which tied to my original Tauranga Place and that reflected strongly in what I do and how I do it’.
Uku is part of the next generation of makers creating consciously, with care of our surrounding environment. All works are hand made locally, using recycled materials such gold and silver chains and boxed in NZ pine and wool.
Amanda days are spent playing with clay but she also has a background as an established abstract painter. She has spent the last several years developing new, complex techniques required in the making of wall and wearable sculpture.
‘This means each piece is absolutely authentic and individual, holding its own energy. Each UKU piece finds its owner’.
A: 86 Waitea Rd. Muriwai Beach. Rodney 0881 Auckland
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