Brian and Hene Hill

Greenstone Carvers

Brian and Hene currently work from their studio on the Kapiti Coast. They attribute their creative inspiration to time living and working on the coast, especially their time on the West Coast of the South Island.

” …rugged coastlines, fast flowing rivers, majestic mountains, native timber rich forests and mystical lakes hide many of nature’s most sublime secrets. Nature is an artist without peer and for us a source of boundless inspiration and of course, raw materials… .We feel privileged to have the opportunity to pursue a career that brings us such endless joy and satisfaction. To be able to share the wonders of nature with an appreciative audience is an added bonus”.

Pounamu/greenstone (nephrite, jade) is New Zealand’s semi precious stone and is found on the West Coast of the South Island. The Maori name for the South Island is Te Wai Pounamu and means the waters of pounamu. Most of Brian and Hene’s pieces are made from stone that comes from the most ancient glacier that formed the Marsden & Kumara jade fields.