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Rangi Kipa (born 1966), New Zealand (Taranaki, Te Ăti Awa Nui Tonu, Ngāti Maniapoto),
Hei tiki,  2001, Corian, päua shell. Purchased 2003

Colour and custom

Carver and artist Rangi Kipa enjoys the possibilities and challenges of using Corian, a blend of natural materials and acrylic polymer. Like whale tooth, bone, and pounamu, Corian is unforgiving to work with, but it’s cheaper and more readily available.

Note: This work has been removed to make way for the exhibition New Zealand at the Venice Biennale 2009.
More information about the Venice Biennale exhibition

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Purple rain at glorit

Julian Dashper
Purple rain at Glorit


Len Castle
Large folded rim bowl

Large star

Hei Tiki


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