Inā kei te mohio koe ko wai koe i anga mai koe i hea kei te mohio koe kei te anga atu ki hea
If you know who you are and where you are from then you will know where you are going.
Richard Butterworth - Ngati Porou, English
Adele Robinson - Fijian, English
Borrowed Earth have been a part of our Creative & Brave whanau for many years. Their enthusiasm and absolute love for their craft is like a blanket of positivity and we so dearly treasure their uplifting spirit, especially now in our lockdown phase here in Auckland.
Richie's Ngati Porou roots and Adele's Pasifika heritage has been a source of inspiration and creative exploration for the duo for decades. The celebration of Te Reo Maori (Maori language) and increased knowledge and respect for Te Ao Maori (Maori world / world perspective) in recent years has been a very celebrated movement culminating in Maori Language Week each year.
Adele and Rich have created a very special item for us over the years called the whakatauki bowl. Each bowl is hand crafted and pressed with foraged native leaves. Before glazing and firing they are wreathed in a hand written whakatauki (Maori proverb) a blessing sourced by the duo. The complete one off nature of these pieces and the limited availability of the range has resulted in the whakatauki bowls being our foremost requested and loved item.
Adele and Rich are now creating this range only once a year and it is such a privilege for us to be chosen to release them. We hope you take your time reading the whakatauki and enjoy the individual mandala style pressings across their surfaces.