About Stone The Crows
the Northern Hemisphere sleeps, we here at Stone the Crows in the beautiful
city of Christchurch, New Zealand (also known as Middle Earth) are happily
working, creating our unique pieces of functional art from the wonderful
creamy white limestone quarried from Oamaru in the Otago hills.
Oamaru lies 3/4 of the way down the South Island of New Zealand on the
Eastern or Pacific coast.
Oamaru stone is a limestone, that is the hard calciferous shells of marine
animals built up into a thick blanket of limey sediment on the sea floor,
which over 30 to 40 million years became lithified (hardened into rock)
and was eventually lifted above sea level.
A thing of beauty is a joy forever Keats.
of our art works are entirely hand crafted. At Stone the Crows we take
pride in the high quality finish of our book ends, CD ends, candle holders,
clocks and sculptures, in fact all our handmade products.
Great gifts with an original Pacific flavour, the clean lines and simple
shapes of our art lend themselves perfectly to contemporary and traditional
But who are we really?
Every piece is hand crafted by Carol and Ciaran.
Carol, a Kiwi (born in New Zealand) and Ciaran a native of lovely Ireland
(the capital of Europe!) We spent many years working and travelling in
Europe, before deciding to return to New Zealand to focus on the thing
we loved, sculpture.
We began carving Oamaru stone about five years ago, initially we worked
under an awning in the garden which was both too cold in winter and too
hot in summer so necessity saw us wave goodbye to the trusty old Triumph
car that had been lodging in our shed, and our studio (the
shed) was born, we have since then both been working full time in the
shed, all our work is made entirely by hand, we use no machinery
at all, so it really is a labour of love.
The unique combination of our Pacific and Celtic heritages form the inspiration
for our art, and in both cultures a great artist was as revered
as a great warrior.
Please feel free to contact us
if you have any questions about our work, or like something you have seen
on our site, but would like to change the size or add your own twist to
it, we will try most things, and are happy to collaborate with you.
Cheers, Carol and Ciaran.
sculpture and painting have an effect, to teach us manners and abolish
"Combining the elegant forms of Celtic and Pacific art with
iconic local materials to create uniquely New Zealand sculpture."