Te Whānau-a-Apanui, Ngāi Tai, Ngā Puhi
Rick is a pouako - Te Takapū-o-Rotowhio (tutor at The National Stone and Bone Carving School). He is passionate about pushing technical boundaries to create tribal style pendants and enjoys changing between bone and stone mediums.
He likes to design innovative contemporary concepts whilst remaining in synch with traditional whakairo (wood carving) inspiration.
“I’ve loved learning art forms and using materials I didn’t know our people carved before studying here - for example there’s onewa stone in abundance where I grew up in the tribal region of the East Coast - now I do a lot of pieces in that stone and whenever I go there, I pick up supplies of it to bring back and carve.”
- 2018: Tourism NZ exhibition - display carver in Hong Kong
- 2017: Hei tiki pounamu for the Obama family
- 2017: Tuku Iho Exhibition in Los Angeles, USA. Rick carved a moko kauae which was gifted to Rachel Hunter
- 2016: Moko kauae carved for artist Sandy Adsett