Natalie Kere | Botryoidal Earrings
The botryoidal crystal habit is interesting both for its unique shape, and the fact that it is commonly adopted by a number of quite different minerals. The word is derived from the Greek word botrus, meaning "bunch of grapes", and refers to tiny crystals occurring in closely interlocking spherical masses or "bubbles" which often look like bunches of grapes.
Dimensions: 3cm long, 18mm wide
I'm a Contemporary Maori Artist. I whakapapa to Ngāi Tahu and Ngāti Kuia. I have always been drawn to creative outlets, especially art since a young age.
My Dad is a Master Carver in Wood and Oamaru Stone. His passion for Māori Art has been passed down to me. My passion came from creating Pounamu (Greenstone) and other beautiful Stones, out of a two-pot epoxy resin, using spray cans to manipulate the pour to imitate stone.
Currently, I have been adding to my creativity and have introduced carving contemporary jewellery from stones I have found. This has turned into an addictive passion I want to pursue more.
Learning more about my culture through Te Reo, Whanau and research I am further developing my cultural passion. I hope others can feel the same way when viewing or purchasing my pieces.