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ABOUT

Aotearoa Stone Carving Studio is a New Zealand based hard stone carving online studio, located in Auckland.  We specialise in creating hand made wearable and ornamental Pounamu nephrite jade, bowenite and serpentinite stone found in the South Island of New Zealand, as well as other highly prized hard stone nephrite and jadeite found around the globe. 

Born and raised in Aotearoa's vibrant West Auckland, Steven embodies a rich blend of Pākehā and Croatian heritage. His profound fascination with construction, architectural design, cultural aesthetics, and various art forms has been a driving force throughout his life. Rooted deeply in the values of whanau (family) and a deep love for Aotearoa, Steven's artistic journey was significantly influenced by his grandfather, Bob Dragicevich, affectionately known as Didi.

 

Under the mentorship of master carver Dennis Conway, a close family friend renowned for his contributions to the carving of Ōrākei Marae during the 70s through to the 90s, Steven cultivated his skills in wood and bone carving. In his earlier years, he garnered accolades for his prowess in wood joinery, turning, as well as wood and bone carving.

 

In a recent artistic evolution, Steven has delved into the intricate world of carving pounamu and other highly prized stones sourced globally. His creations, referred to as taonga (treasure), draw inspiration from the rich tapestry of traditional Māori culture in Aotearoa, seamlessly interweaving elements of modern and contemporary design.

 

For Steven, the essence of his artistic pursuit lies in the transformative process of sculpting a unique piece from a single, raw stone. This exclusive approach not only captures the essence of the material but also infuses each creation with distinctive design, character, and form. As he eloquently puts it, "The idea of carving a sculptured piece from a single natural raw stone that is exclusively unique in design, character, and form is what drives my passion and desire to create." Steven's artistic journey is a testament to his commitment to preserving and evolving the cultural legacy of Aotearoa through his innovative and one-of-a-kind creations.

 

"Stone carving is easy - it's the stone that's hard" ~ Michelangelo

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