Stunning sculptural ceramic artwork featuring recognisable New Zealand sea life. By Bob Steiner
Hang them on your wall or display them on a table.
The glaze is a wonderful blend of blue and green that works well with either colour palette.
Kina, or the common sea urchin, is considered a delicacy by Maori. Resembling a curled-up green hedgehog, kina has a nearly spherical shell protecting its internal organs. This is what is represented here and can often be found on beaches to be collected by New Zealand children of all generations. 12cm dia x 7cm deep.
Perhaps the most sought after of all shellfish, scallops are fantastic eating. They are a classic bi-valve (two shells) with a flat valve and a concave valve. They have a strong adductor muscle (the white bit) that they use to open and close their shells. By closing their shells they jet out a stream of water that allows them to swim. 13cm wide x 12cm tall x 5cm deep.
Intrinsically kiwi, the Paua is known for its beautiful coloured shells and great taste. It is the Maori name given to three species of large edible sea snails, known in the United States and Australia as abalone. Measures 13.5 x 10.5cm / 5¼ x 4¼ inches.
This fabulously shaped shell brings to mind kiwi summers at the beach, scrambling over rocks and exploring hidden shores. The rocks are covered in these creatures, stuck fast and immoveable as the rock itself. 12cm wide x 13.5cm tall x 7cm deep.
Starfish are part of an intriguing group of sea creatures known as echinoderms. Their name means ‘spiny skinned’. Echinoderms are found in oceans around the world, and 617 species are found in New Zealand waters. They may live on rocky coasts, reefs, or on the deep ocean floor. 13cm wide x 13cm tall x 3cm deep.
Each piece is securely wrapped and presented in an attractive giftbox. Collect them all!
About Bob Steiner
Bob Steiner, is a renowned New Zealand ceramic artist, based in Auckland, New Zealand. He started potting when he was 14 and went on to study pottery and sculpture at Elam Art School at The University of Auckland. Specialising in sculpturally designed forms using distinctive glazes and styles, Bob has been creating exquisite pieces of fine ceramic art for over 30 years.