Kerry Thompson - MOP Four Stingrays

Kerry Thompson - MOP Four Stingrays


Artist / Carver: Kerry Thompson

Material: hand carved out of M.O.P ( Mother of Pearl). 

Dimension: H 285mm x L400mm 


Story of the product: 

This piece of MOP carving is composed of  four stingrays, representing the idea of the power of water. Stingray is a guardian animal for Maori.

- From N to Z


Story of the Artist: 

Kerry has been carving for thirty years in many materials and is possibly the leading artist working in bone. Although he attended a diploma course in Māori design at Waiariki Polytechnic in Rotorua and had some help from Hepi Maxwell, Rex Christianson and other artists working in the same materials, he is mainly self taught, developing his own style and two-tone staining process, that is easy to 
In 1992, he was a jade tutor for the Whangaroa Trust in Kaeo, New Zealand, and, with a grant through Te Waka Toi in 1994, became a full-time artist working primarily in jade and bone. He still produces the most ornate “wearable art” in varied media but has recently created larger, more challenging sculptural mask and figurative forms, and inlaid flutes, delicate heru (decorative ceremonial combs), carved vessels and small sculptures. His art is contemporary yet incorporates elements of Māori design, such as the koru (unfurling fern frond) and the matau (fish hook), that feature his complex curvilinear forms. His work has been collected and exhibited both in New Zealand and overseas.