Artist: Duncan MacKay

Artist Profile

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Duncan MacKay

 

The Work
I tend to be influenced by natural forms and patterns – often times  with found materials.
Early work incorporated cross-veined marble and cooks turban shell in bezel settings.  I also took wax castings of found objects with geometric patterns (for example the Aristotle lantern inside the kina).
The most enduring pieces however have been hand cut, textured and brushed native leaves and flowers made from silver and red oxidized copper which are sold in galleries around the country (mainly as earrings but also as chains and necklaces).  I have also been exploring combinations of silver and copper in differing patterns and oxidizing the resulting work. 
Jewelery Making
Working/informal apprenticeship with Peter Elsbury (Cable Bay, Nelson  2001/2002).
Night courses at NMIT with Nelson jeweler Kay Van Dyk (2002/2003)
Towards the end of 2002 I set up my own workshop and began production.
In 2004 I moved to Golden Bay together with Diane my partner and we share parenting of our two sons Finn and Kyle.

I tend to be influenced by natural forms and patterns – often times with found materials.

Early work incorporated cross-veined marble and cooks turban shell in bezel settings.  I also took wax castings of found objects with geometric patterns (for example the Aristotle lantern inside the kina).

The most enduring pieces however have been hand cut, textured and brushed native leaves and flowers made from silver and red oxidized copper which are sold in galleries around the country (mainly as earrings but also as chains and necklaces).  I have also been exploring combinations of silver and copper in differing patterns and oxidizing the resulting work. 

Jewellery Making

Working/informal apprenticeship with Peter Elsbury (Cable Bay, Nelson  2001/2002).

Night courses at NMIT with Nelson jeweller Kay Van Dyk (2002/2003)

Towards the end of 2002 I set up my own workshop and began production.

In 2004 I moved to Golden Bay together with Diane my partner and we share parenting of our two sons Finn and Kyle.

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