Our artists and designers
Featuring over 100 artists and designers.
We have been representing New Zealand artists and designers for more than 15yrs. Obviously like their Art itself, artists are constantly coming & going, forever changing and evolving.
As a result we are always looking for more New Zealand artists and designers. So if you'd like to feature your art with Texan Art Schools, we'd love to hear from you today!
Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or see our Contact page for full contact details.
Some of our current artists include:
Adele- Borrowed Earth (ceramics)
Recycled fabric (e.g. candlewick, swandri, blankets) made into bags, purses, cushions, soft toys.
Andrew Peach (Jewellery & sculpture)
Established artist Angie Dennis has lived in Auckland, New Zealand, since emigrating from the UK in 1998. Although she had been painting for years, in 2002 she went professional. Angie has a background in Environmental Science, which perhaps explains her passion for preserving native flora through her artwork - the focus for many of her paintings.
Angie's contemporary artworks complement and enrich the interiors of many homes and businesses here in New Zealand and abroad, such as London, Paris and Sydney. Her repertoire of original artwork on canvas includes New Zealand flora, nudes and abstracts. Angie continues to paint original works, but has elected to make her art more accessible by launching a funky collection of limited edition prints, depicting images of New Zealand flora.
The limited edition prints have been produced to a high standard of quality using UV Light fast Inks on archival media, and finished off using professional and contemporary framing. Angie has recently launched a range of artblocks packaged in their own individual giftbox with a keepsake gift card. They are ideal as gifts and perfect for sending to friends and relatives overseas as a reminder of New Zealand!
Anna Balasoglou, claims an ancestry that goes back to Alexander the Great, she was born in New Zealand, after her immigrant parents came from Eastern Europe.
Anna has 20yrs in jewellery. She has built a reputation based on her ability to transgress trends and create original, striking and versatile designs. Anna's jewellery has been sought after by the likes of Karen Walker, Helen Cherry, Denise L'Estrange-Corbet and Elizabeth Findlay. Her work has regularly featured in magazines and newspapers as well as in TV programmes and commercials such as 'Zena' and 'Hercules'.
"One thing I know for sure is that I don't want throw-away designs. I want my work to last and at the same time always remain fresh. This is a challenge that has driven me since I first started jewellery design over 20 years ago.
Arran & Angella Hockenhull
Original Hand Made in NZ, Quality Ceramics. Works include recycled barbed wire with copper leaves and ceramic roses- the famous "rambling rose" (an absolutely stunning piece).
Arran and Angella work alongside each other in their studio on their lifestyle block specialising in mixed media. "Collectively we have been working with clay for 30 years and are inspired by our love of creating and our natural surroundings".
Ashley Hilton (jewellery)
Bob Steiner (Steiner ceramics)
Recycled glass pendants.
Funky colourful ceramics
Carley Anderson (Jewellery)
Beautifully crafted copper, sterling silver and resin pod jewellery. Carley's jewellery is truly unique and features NZ native flora, fauna and wildlife.
Created by Caroline Mitchell, the business has produced beautiful, locally inspired xmas decorations, purses and accessories since 2003. Sadly, Caroline lost her battle with cancer in 2008 and she is dearly missed. Caroline was incredibly creative and individually designed each product down to the last thread and sequin. Her love of design coupled with a love for people has resulted in a very successful New Zealand based family-run design company.
Happily all of Caroline's four children are blessed with her creativity. Melissa's arrival in 2007 from the fashion industry in New York City has added another creative mind to the mix. We are always developing new ideas for both our New Zealand and Australian collections. We also design bespoke ranges tailored to our customers' requirements.
New Zealand designers Karen Chan and Ronald Andreassend design and produce unique objects
for the home. Inspiration is drawn from their Chinese and European origins whilst incorporating elements of Pacific culture and the New Zealand landscape to produce their high quality range of designs.
Along with their unique view of design, many of the pieces have become instantly recognisable in New Zealand and cherished momentos for visitors from around the world
Chris & Charlie Seakins
Phillipa and Ken Croft. The couple took over Studio Ceramics from previous Manager Chris Harvey, who had also been the General Manager at Crown Lynn. Chris had to retire due to ill health, so the Crofts took the opportunity to buy into an iconic west Auckland tradition. This was a brave move with no background in the industry, but their highly skilled staff are the key to the business. Studio Ceramics has become an iconic business over itâ€™s 21 years, being the spiritual successor to Crown Lynn and one of the mould makers from Crown Lynn still works for them. The Retro Lynn range is very popular along with kiwiana style ornaments, dishes and platters.
Claudia Jaffe (Ceramics & jewellery)
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Claudia has participated in exhibitions worldwide.
She moved to New Zealand in 2005 after four years in London working for companies such as Chanel and Cartier. Her appreciation for elegance and Design got enormously developed in that period. After ten years of being a Jeweller and Gemmologist, she has started in Ceramics. In her early years in South America, she spent a good amount of time doing pottery with her mother who used to take workshops. From Venezuela to Italy, Mexico, USA, United Kingdom and now New Zealand, this yet young artist has developed a strong appreciation for the country's culture and stunning nature, deciding to stay.
"My passion consists of making jewellery and ceramic sculptured pieces as well as photography and paintings. . . I am inspired by images of nature - particularly the ocean and flowers - My greatest satisfaction though, comes from the very act of creating transmitting the feelings this involves. . . and then to see the joy people have wearing them or in the case of the lights, the pleasure they have every evening in their homes. . . like a tackling of the waves in a west coast beach".
New Zealand landscapes, symbols, birds and plants have been an enormous source of inspiration for Claudia.
Clovis Viscoe (wood)
David is a landscape photographer, illustrator/artist, with a photographic career spanning over 30 years.
He has had many books (including his own) published with his images. His range of New Zealand Postcards & Greeting Cards were awarded a Tourism Design Award for their uniqueness.
His work has also been published in Postage Stamp designs and many corporate publications over the years.
Visit David's website
Ernesto Ovalle (Jewellery)
Evolve New Zealand jewellery
This was created by Marlborough designers Tim and Louise. The distinctive Aortearoa inspired charms are iconic, stylish and unique. Crafted from high quality silver and Murano Glass; the designs slide neatly onto a stylised silver chain. The charms have been specifically tailored to fit many of the leading styles of European charm bracelets such as Pandora, Chamilia and Tedora. Regardless of whether you are a born and bred Kiwi or a visitor to this land; celebrate our culture and spectacular surroundings by wearing Aotearoa's Charm - Evolve New Zealand.
Visit Evolve New Zealand jewellery website
Flame daisy (Hand-blown art glass)
Fuchs glass (Hand-blown art glass)
Gary Nash (Hand-blown art glass)
Garry Nash was born in Sydney, Australia. He moved to New Zealand in 1973 and became a NZ citizen in 1998.
Garry has been working with hot glass for more than a quarter century. In 2001, he was made an Officer of The New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for his services to Glass Art.
Recycled spoon jewellery.
"We are tile artisans specialising in beautiful art for the wall".
Porteous Art Tiles are made in Wellington, New Zealand, and are entirely handmade and hand painted using our own moulds and artisan glazes. Tiles are made from high-quality semi-porcelain clay chosen for its fine white colour and high firing suitability - this results in a tile that is strong, durable and vitreous. Porteous Art Tiles are designed to be hung directly on the wall and are suitable for installation. They are aprox 150mm x 150mm. Thickness is 10-15mm and edges are glazed with a matt black glaze.
Hand-made wool and mohair scarves
Greg Downie (sculpture)
Hayley says: Clay has always been part of my life - it is an intriguing medium as rewarding as it is frustrating, yet it pulls me back again and again. I use mostly a grogged terracotta clay on which I apply coloured slips, cadmium and copper based glazes. My inspiration comes mainly from my children; the chaotic, fantastic place they live in and our beautiful country. My ever-changing role as a mother, painter and woman has a huge influence on whatever I do. "
Hot Art (ceramics)
Ian was born in Te Awamutu. He left school at 16 and did both a Pattern Cutting & Footware Design and carpentry apprenticeship's before heading on his OE. Upon returning in 1992 he set up (along with his best mate Jonathan Rugg) " The Wood & Box Company". That business was sold in 1999 and he used all his technical skills and experience from over the years to develop his current brand and range that he's truly proud of. Ian says he tries to infuse a slice of New Zealand into every piece created. He uses a blend of both traditional and new woodworking techniques, with the latestÂ laser technology enabling quality specific work.
Isla Osbourne (Hand-blown art glass)
Jan Kocia (Hand-blown art glass)
These guys are based in Te Puna, Tauranga. It's lovely sunny location, near the Waikaraka estuary, provides a wonderful source of inspiration for design. Therefore her ceramics feature New Zealand plants, indigenous art, landscapes and seascapes, and are designed to reflect the natural beauty of our country. A lot of care goes into hand-crafting each piece, and they're all slightly different depending on the glazer. Her ceramics are designed to be hung on interior/exterior walls, used in mosaic work, or adhered to pots and garden structures.
Jo Luping (Ceramics, canvas & Jewellery)
Jo Luping Design started as many small cottage businesses start, in the garage. I had spent some time after art school travelling through Europe when I came upon Gaudi's Parc Guell. And so began my obsession with glazes and the rich deep colours that you can achieve from this medium. I returned to New Zealand and began in 1994 to develop my first series of ceramic art tiles.
I believe it is important to collaborate with like minded people and so have surrounded myself with a team who have a passion for beautiful and well crafted objects of art. We have a complete distaste for the throwaway object and the inbuilt obsolescent mind set. We make pieces that will survive the test of time, pieces that you can pass on to your children, collectible works of art. We believe that great design is timeless. Like great music, it transcends location and cultural boundaries. Great design defies categorisation but is accessible and engaging. It draws people in and teaches them to be discerning. Great design is intelligent, innovative and alluring.
Jo Luping Design produces art pieces such as ceramics, jewellery and prints. Our pieces possess unique, endearing characteristics. They are dramatic and intelligent and reflect the natural environment that we live in. Inspiration is drawn from the land and sea. They owe as much of this to their country of origin, New Zealand, as they do to the quality of the artists. New Zealand is a one-off, an original. It is a physical paradise; small but spacious; of the mainstream, but on the edge. With a history of independent, innovative thought. It is a society that is open, welcoming and inclusive.
These are qualities that have been incorporated into our studio environment that is based on family. It is supportive and collaborative, but at the same time it has well-established exacting standards. We want people to see in our pieces things that we believe in - the importance of sustainability; fairness and openness; the way heart and mind play a part in everything we do.
Jonathon Holloway (Jewellery)
Kairava has been a Studio potter for the last 20 years in Germany and NZ. She has done various exhibitions and is an award winning ceramic artist.
As well as creating amazing, natural and organic shapes and tableware she also teaches pottery classes.
"Soft clay is the material I love and it offers never ending possibilities of shapes and surfaces. While I lived in Germany the making of large wall sculptures like eroding rocks was most important to me to still my thirst for nature and to show the ongoing process of change. Since I found a new home in New Zealand I am surrounded by the most beautiful nature. Nikau Palms, the ocean waves and ripples in the sand as well as waterfalls and gentle trickles of streams are my inspiration. The pottery wheel is my favorite tool at the moment to create very thin, translucent porcelain lamp shades and a variety of unique tableware designs. "
Kiri Schumaker (jewellery)
Recycled button jewellery
Liz designs gorgeous contemporary silver and gemstone jewellery. They are all hand-made with semi-precious, often rare, gemstones sourced from all over the world. The distinctive pendants and rings are chunky yet elegant in simple earthy designs. She uses off-shore craftsmen to ensure no two pieces are identical by working with the natural fissures and form of each gemstone to apply a design which compliments and enhances its natural beauty.
Complete the look with her range of earrings, from small, classic, drops or stunning chandeliers.
From an early age, Lucy drew, painted & experimented with materials. She was always "making stuff (and a mess). At 11 she decided she would be an architect, so did a 5 year degree, and is working today as an architect & Interior Designer in Auckland. However during her studies she became fascinated with the art of photography and some-how fits this in on the side!
2006 New Zealand Photography awards
In 2006 she decided to start entering the New Zealand Photography Awards and won the 2006 Still Life photographer of the year!Â Now she has many awards to add to her CV:
'2006 NZ Still Life Photographer of the Year' (NZIPP)
- Photographer of the Year' finalist 2006
- Highest scoring colour print award - runner up 2006
- 1 gold award (Still Life / Self Promotion) 2006
- 3 silver awards (Still Life, Wedding, Landscape) 2006
- 3 bronze awards (Wedding, People) 2006
2007 New Zealand Photography awards
'2007 NZ Creative Photographer of the Year' (NZIPP)
- New Zealand 'Master Photographer' NZIPP
- 1 gold award
- 3 silver awards
- 3 bronze awards
- Highest scoring monochrome print award' - runner up 2007
2008 Australian photography awards, she received 4 silver awards
Lynden Over (Hand-blown Art glass)
Lynden specialises in hand-blown art glass. He is fast becoming popular all over the world.
Recycled antique ceramic jewellery
Mamarua (Anna, Therese, Daniel & Melanie)
Anna & Therese describe their process to gorgeous crafted recycled pendants as "starting as a dabble, a few disjointed thoughts, some scratchy drawings on the odd scrap of paper". Beautiful hand-carved originals were eventually finalised, and the process of finding an appropriate molding technique was underway. From the beginning they wanted the business to be sustainable. Therefore the materials became hugely important.
The possibility of recycling something that would otherwise fill our precious landfills became an obsession, so after lots of experimenting they found an amazing effect with recycled material. Inspired by our South Pacific environment, Mamarua's range includes three designs - Aroha, Koru and Tapa. All offered as recycled resin mementos and pendants and recycled rubber pendants. To them Mamarua means two mothers, who have pooled their skills and resources to steer creative energies in a new direction that's theirs alone. Mamarua's kaupapa (mission) includes not only designing beautiful mementos reminiscent of our Pacific heritage, but also producing them 100% in Aotearoa.
Megan Lee Richards (Art blocks)
Megan is an established realist artist with original oil paintings in leading Auckland Galleries and private art collections both in New Zealand and overseas.
Megan also uses Block Prints now (photographic reproductions of a selection of Megan's favourite paintings and commissions). They make wonderful gifts or can be collected and displayed as a set. Measuring up to 10 x 25cm, they are mounted onto wooden blocks, can be seen freestanding or hung, and are easily freighted. Each one is titled and individually signed by Megan in gold leaf on the reverse side.
Merran Spath (Wall icons, jewellery)
Merran's idea behind her simple quirky laser cut wall-hangings and jewellery, is to create interesting visual pieces. That are also designed and made in NZ.
She uses positive imagery, high quality materials and a simplicity of ideas. From wall silhouettes and Moth Brooches, to cute Magnets.
Currently she is working with Acrylic and Fijian Salusalu as mediums to create unique products for adorning modern people and modern homes.
Merilee De Simas (Jewellery)
Natasha Wheeler (Original canvas Art)
Natasha was born in South Africa but has lived in lovely Aotearoa since 1994. She started painting when she was very young and is a self taught artist who set up her art company in 2005.
Most of her work has the feel of the pacific or New Zealand in vibrant, wild colours and textures.
"I love Aotearoa and the stunning surroundings we have been blessed with and every opportunity I get I take advantage of the wide open spaces and incorporate the beauty I see in my work. "
Nick Feint (Jewellery)
All my jewellery is designed and manufactured in my workshop by myself or my employee. I use only New Zealand sourced Jade and also Paua and Beachstones in my designs, as well as copper and Sterling Silver. My designs have a very NZ/Pacific flavour and "you can never have too many spirals" is my motto.
Nick Klarwill (Jewellery)
Peter Ware (Jewellery)
Phoolanjaya - Infinite Blue Designs (Photographic blocks)
Based in Auckland, New Zealand, Phoolanjava is dedicated to producing fresh, inspiring, unique New Zealand images and Auckland scenes mounted on top quality Photo Blocks and ready to hang.
We have a range of sizes including the classic square, rectangles and the very popular long panorama. The much loved landmarks, colours and textures in these images invoke in some way what is meaningful to us as New Zealanders and our experience of living on this diverse and beautiful land - Aotearoa.
Rata & ruby
Nadine Meddings is from Whaingaroa - Raglan in NZ. Nadine says: "We live in which is a beautiful west coast town unique for its creative and eco-conscious people and naturalness".
Her business Rata&ruby came about organically with the arrival of her daughter ava and doing the grey lynn festival markets with a few simple easy girls dresses and printed tees.
"I like the handcrafted, small and personal approach to business which also revolves around being a mum, my kids are the rata&ruby models. . . you will notice our size range slowly gets older and older in tune with my kids growing"!. She has always taken a hands on approach to business the drawing,photography, screenprinting, website design and marketing and early on made the decision to make sustainable business decisions and go organic. "We use a holistic approach to business and don't use anyone elses tee shirts". The garments are totally personalised by them from specifying the type of thread quality and knitting, non toxic dye colours and their own patterns which are made in India by a certified ISO 9001 manufacturer which is kind of cool. The garments are then shipped to NZ (low carbon) and screenprinted here. "I had an idea from watching a documentary about the effect of positive words/ energy on environment to use that ethos for clothing too, we also are about spreading some appreciation for cultural ideas and design - te reo maori, I also love the use of quotes and whakatauki".
Relish Design (wood, glass, acrylic)
Resinz (mosaic work)
Pounamu (NZ greenstone) carver.
Robertson Design (Jeweller)
Rod is a full time professional artist. For the last 4 years he's produced a range of wall panels, suitable for indoor or out. Many people use them in the garden on fences or poolside some have even inlaid his beautiful kiwiana designs into concrete driveways and patio's. He is also now producing a range of smaller gift-ware options.
Rose Griffin (Ceramics)
Recycled fabric (e.g. candlewick, swandri, blankets) made into bags, purses, cushions, soft toys
After working with photographers in London, New York and Australia, Reuben has returned home to photograph the amazing landscapes of New Zealand. Currently living in Auckland and travelling the country at every opportunity, he often finds himself well off the beaten track in his quest to capture the perfect picture. Reuben is able to share these experiences through the sale of his images as stunning artwork for all to enjoy.
Since its conception the Company has grown to include images on Canvas and more recently our stunning range of Acrylic Blocks. We are always taking new photos and trying new ideas and designs to extend our product range, so please visit us regularly. All our products are New Zealand Made and developed using the finest materials available to ensure they last a lifetime.
Stone the crows (sculpture)
Sue loves Pohutukawa and creates gorgeous original works of art and stunning life like jewellery all based on the Pohutukawa leaf!Â Very original, organic and real.
Sue says: "I love art and being able to recreate what I see in Nature â€¦I am a details person and hope my paintings make people take a closer look at the smallerÂ things inÂ our world . This is why I paint just one pohutukawa leaf and not the whole tree. It still amazes me how many people I encounter who don't know or have never noticed the colourful leaves the Pohutukawa tree can produce; their leaves are definitely not just green . They are famous for the bright red flowers they produce once a year but the small , incredibly beautiful and artistic leaf creations are relatively unknown. I can't walk past a pohutukawa tree with out picking up the colourful leaves that catch my eye beneath or still on the branch. They are all unique and the patterns and colours beg to be painted".
Sue also does commissions on a love it or leave it basis; "I would hate for someone to have a painting of mine on their wall because they felt obliged to buy it".
Sylvia Timm (ceramics)
Tania Bentley (Jewellery)
Tania works predominantly in sterling silver creating a range of arm-wear, necklaces, rings and earrings which incorporate gold and semi-precious gemstones to add a point of difference.
Some of her more interesting pieces include imprinted skeleton leave's on gorgeous chunky cuffs. Her work is contemporary in style and very organic.
Tania says "I like my pieces to express something individual whilst maintaining comfort of wear and aim to appeal to a wide audience".
The Kiwi Diary
Into it's sixth year, this plucky little publication showcases talent from established and emerging Kiwi artists, writers, and poets. As well as being a 220pg full-colour write-on annual diary, it contains food for thought with articles on New Zealand's history, ecology and the stuff that makes us proud. The Kiwi Diary is printed on recycled paper and uses vegetable-oil inks in order to help preserve our environment.
Peter: has been a professional potter for over 30 years. During this time he has moved from producing purely functional domestic ware to making unique works which are distinctively New Zealand in nature. His "greenstone" vases and orbs are a typical example. Gorgeous coloured and organic in shape, like the natural stone itself. He works mainly with stoneware clay and each piece is individually hand made.
Jeanette: has been working with clay for more that 20 years and enjoys making representations of things that are familiar to us all. Each piece is individually formed from either high fired porcelain or stoneware clay. She often applies a crackle slip and iron oxide in a liquid form. This accentuates the textural quality of each piece and the iron gives the warm brown tones of nature to the finished pieces. This technique is depicted in her stunning natural clay wall feathers.
Recycled wool, Silk sari's and felt made into cool and quirky tea-cosies.
World Sweet world