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Meet the team

We create Oamaru limestone sculptures of all sizes for every occasion and purpose.  We also design unique and personalised memorials and headstones. Our sculptures are handled with respect, care and with a deep understanding of what the clients vision is to ensure the essence of what they imagine comes through.

Brett Keno - Lead Stone Carving Artist and Sculpture

Brett

Lead Stone Carving Artist and Sculptor

Christine Keno - Manager and Sculptor

Christine

Manager and Sculptor

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How we work

 

 

Our first contact with a client is either through this website, facebook, phone, or people drop by the studio to sit and discuss the sculpture or headstone they would like.

 

When contemplating a sculpture clients may either approach us for something we have already created (it may be similar but never the same), or something they have seen elsewhere, perhaps a design of their own, or they want a design created especially for them and their occasion.

 

Clients usually like a price at this point. The pricing is a function of size and complexity of design. We can also help organise, and price other services such as plaques for headstones and freight around the country.

Who we are

Based in Wellington, we are a successful husband and wife team. We have 2 children and live at Otaki Beach. Brett has been stone carving since 2005 and full-time since 2013, working from his home studio.

 

Brett’s whakapapa is linked to Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, and Ngāi Tahu. His inspiration comes from the natural world around him and through his Maori heritage. Traditional or stylised Maori design is incorporated into his sculptures and stone carvings.

 

Two days a week (and more if Brett can have her) Christine joins Brett in the studio to assist in his projects or to create her own sculptures. Christine also manages the business leaving Brett to concentrate on his stone creations.

 

Christine’s support for Brett blossomed into a successful carver in her own right. They often joke about her being the first to sell overseas.

What we believe

Brett reflects on the comments and feedback and believes he was:

  • meant to do this

  • meant to meet that whanau and create a memorial that embodies the wairua of their loved one

  • meant to provide that artwork that provokes thoughts and feelings as you contemplate it

  • meant to tell you that story in stone

  • meant to do this alongside his wife who encourages, supports, and guides him

  • meant to bring pleasure through sculpture.  

 

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