Here we are, get to know us a little.

Mārika Pounamu - Who are we?

My name is Karaitiana and my creative outlet is making beautiful artwork from gorgeous New Zealand Pounamu (Nephrite Jade), alongside a wide variety of other materials.
Together with my wife Josie, we own and operate Mārika Pounamu.

I began carving as a means of self-care through challenging times – so my art has been formed through real life.

This shows most strongly through the stories and emotions that many of my pieces are imbued with.
What I love most about carving is the ability to capture the essence of a feeling, a situation, or a character, and immortalize that through what I consider the perfect gift.

There is no denying that carving, in a word, saved me. I found my passion, and it freed me from so much.
Things too deep for words.

So I use my outlet of carving as a way of giving back to the world something unique, something positive.

Please, enjoy looking through the works of our hands.

We thank you for your support.

Ngā mihi mahana,
Karaitiana & Josie