Stacy Gorine, Te Takapū National School of Stone and Bone Carving
Internationally acclaimed for his small scale adornment works, Stacy Gordine is the Tumu (head) of Te Takapū o Rotowhio (National Stone and Bone Carving School) at the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute.
With over 25 years’ experience as a multimedia carver and adornment artist, Stacy has carved alongside the indigenous peoples of both Alaska and Hawaii, serving not only as tutor but also as student alongside other indigenous master artists.
Taking inspiration from his Ngāti Porou ancestors’ work and juxtaposing it with modern tools and techniques, Stacy has established a distinctive ‘miniaturisation’ style that is exhibited in Te Papa, Dowse, Pātaka Museum and private collections world-wide.
Arriving to NZMACI in 2013, Stacy continues the legacy of his great-uncles’ Pineamine and Hone Te Kauru Taiapa, who were students of the original carving school in Rotorua and tutored many of today’s master carvers.
Adornment pieces from Stacy are featured in Tiki Āhua, from Stacy and his 8 students, calling on inspiration from our Pacific origins and Māori material culture.