Andrew McGregor

Pounamu Carver

Tēnā koutou
Ko Tākitimu te Maunga
Ko Waiau te Awa
Ko Tākitimu te Waka
Ko Ngāi Tahu te Iwi
Ko Andrew McGregor ahau
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Kia ora,
I am a pounamu (greenstone/jade) carver and artist of part Ngāi Tahu descent, originally from the West Coast of the South Island ,now living in Christchurch. After learning how to carve in 2005 and earning a Certificate in Jade and hard stone carving, I was offered a job as a full time jade carver at a large carving studio where I worked for around three years.

Since then I have built up my own workshop and carve a wide range of jewelry designs and sculptural pieces. I am massively inspired by ancient cultures and their art forms, primarily Māori, Celtic, Viking but also Asian and Mesoamerican.

Carving pounamu is an ongoing journey for me…that has led me to discover much about my heritage and homeland, and a profound respect for this beautiful stone which is as hard as steel. I am always learning and growing.

Ngā mihi nui,
Andrew McGregor