Our Artists and designers

Creative & Brave are proud to feature over 100 artists and designers!

We have been representing New Zealand artists and designers for more than 27 years and consider it a privilege to work along side such creative and talented individuals. We hope to provide our loyal customers with a constant array of new and exciting products and for those reasons we are always on the look out for new stockists. If you'd like to feature your creations with Texan Art Schools, we'd love to hear from you today!

Please drop us a note via our Contact page or email your catalogue and bio directly to Tui at newmarket@creativeandbrave.co.nz 

Some of our current artists and designers:

Adele and Richie, Borrowed Earth  

At borrowed Earth they believe that we can all make positive changes to the world by the choices we make everyday. Borrowed Earth are committed to bringing you handmade work with character that, over time, will become treasured family pieces. Adele and Richie are based in a beautiful waterside studio in Whangaparoa, Auckland.

Angie Dennis, Intuition

Established artist Angie Dennis has lived in Auckland, New Zealand, since emigrating from the UK in 1998. Although she had been painting for years, in 2002 she went professional. Angie has a background in Environmental Science, which perhaps explains her passion for preserving native flora through her artwork - the focus for many of her paintings.
Angie's contemporary artworks complement and enrich the interiors of many homes and businesses here in New Zealand and abroad, such as London, Paris and Sydney. Her repertoire of original artwork on canvas includes New Zealand flora, nudes and abstracts. Angie continues to paint original works, but has elected to make her art more accessible by launching a funky collection of limited edition prints, depicting images of New Zealand flora.The limited edition prints have been produced to a high standard of quality using UV Light fast Inks on archival media, and finished off using professional and contemporary framing.

Bob Steiner, Steiner Ceramics

Bob Steiner, is a renowned New Zealand ceramic artist, (New Zealand Pottery) based in Auckland, New Zealand. Coming from a background in the handcrafted pottery tradition of New Zealand Bob offers handmade sculptural ceramic tiles that capture the essence of Aotearoa's fauna and flora (plant and wildlife in New Zealand). Bob Steiner also creates tableware at his ceramics studio which is available in a wide range from collectible pieces, designer ceramics to Pacific themed and quintessentially Kiwi (Kiwiana) handmade gifts.

Carley Anderson, Kali Jewellery

Beautifully crafted copper, sterling silver and resin pod jewellery. Carley's jewellery is truly unique and features NZ native flora, fauna and wildlife.

Chris & Charlie Seakins, Painted pacific pottery

From brightly coloured native bird mugs to pastel Nikau inspired vases, Painted pacific pottery offers a wide and stylish range of handmade ceramic serve ware. Their most stunning pieces are the Black pohutukawa and Nikau range which are glazed using Black sand from West Auckland's Muriwai beach.

Ernesto Ovalle, Oro Negro Greenstone

Ernesto is our premier Pounamu (greenstone) carver. Originally a jeweller from Columbia Ernesto moved to New Zealand and became captivated by our treasured stone. He has since trained with Aotearoa's finest carvers and worked with South Island Iwi to source his greenstone.

Greg Straight

For the past few years Greg has been in-demand creating custom illustrations for a range of high profile clients including Meridian, Microsoft, McDonald, TVNZ, Tip-Top, Auckland Council, Chelsea and Matua. He is continuing in this illustrative direction and has exceeded our expectations with a range of wonderfully nostalgic kiwiana images designed exclusively for Texan Art Schools. Greg Straight is an illustrator, artist and graphic designer living in Auckland, New Zealand. As a former graduate from Elam School of Fine Arts (majored in print making), he has followed a varied career in visual arts and has spent time based in London and in New Zealand. In recent years Greg’s work has become recognisable for its strong graphic edge and use of bright hues. Greg’s imagery draws inspiration from NZ nature and from the infinite images in his mind. “I like art to be affordable for everyone, which is why I create different ranges across a variety of mediums.  My artworks mostly encompass bold vector graphics and my more hand-drawn illustrative style.”

Georgina Baker, Bespoke

Georgina's one of a kind upcycled jewellery is some of the most creative work we have on offer at Texan Art Schools. She uses every piece of the cutlery from hollow knife handles to fork tines and the tops of souvenir tea spoons.

Hayley Hamilton, The Monster Company

Hayley says: Clay has always been part of my life - it is an intriguing medium as rewarding as it is frustrating, yet it pulls me back again and again. I use mostly a grogged terracotta clay on which I apply coloured slips, cadmium and copper based glazes. My inspiration comes mainly from my children; the chaotic, fantastic place they live in and our beautiful country. My ever-changing role as a mother, painter and woman has a huge influence on whatever I do. "

Ian Blackwell 

Ian was born in Te Awamutu. He left school at 16 and did both a Pattern Cutting & Footware Design and carpentry apprenticeship's before heading on his OE. Upon returning in 1992 he set up (along with his best mate Jonathan Rugg) " The Wood & Box Company". That business was sold in 1999 and he used all his technical skills and experience from over the years to develop his current brand and range that he's truly proud of. Ian says he tries to infuse a slice of New Zealand into every piece created. He uses a blend of both traditional and new woodworking techniques, with the latest laser technology enabling quality specific work.

Jenny Watt, Jenz Studio

Jenny and Tom Watt are based in Te Puna, Tauranga. It's lovely sunny location, near the Waikaraka estuary, provides a wonderful source of inspiration for design. Therefore her ceramics feature New Zealand plants, indigenous art, landscapes and seascapes, and are designed to reflect the natural beauty of our country. A lot of care goes into hand-crafting each piece, and they're all slightly different depending on the glazer. Her ceramics are designed to be hung on interior/exterior walls, used in mosaic work, or adhered to pots and garden structures.

Jill Main

From humble beginnings at a kitchen table, Jill Main began creating unique and inspired pieces for everyday wear. Over the past 25 years our clothing, accessory, jewellery and homeware ranges have secured a firm fan base not just here in New Zealand but all around the world. 100% created and handmade in New Zealand her products are born of genuine Kiwi ingenuity and an unwavering commitment to quality. Whats more, Jill Main is proud to be an eco friendly producer, sourcing local raw materials and supplies wherever possible. Inspired by the natural beauty of Aotearoa, Jill's carefully crafted jewellery, clothing, accessories and homeware ranges are made with the ideals of a Kiwi lifestyle in mind.

Jo Luping 

"I believe it is important to collaborate with like minded people and so have surrounded myself with a team who have a passion for beautiful and well crafted objects of art. We have a complete distaste for the throwaway object and the inbuilt obsolescent mind set. We make pieces that will survive the test of time, pieces that you can pass on to your children, collectible works of art. We believe that great design is timeless. Like great music, it transcends location and cultural boundaries. Great design defies categorisation but is accessible and engaging. It draws people in and teaches them to be discerning. Great design is intelligent, innovative and alluring"

Josie Cox, Oink

Josie creates our famous Flying Pig wall art. These cute chubby flying pigs come in a set of three and look completely adorable soaring up the wall. We currently stock the black, teal, baby pink and the new white designs. All piggies are finished with a set of gold wings.

Lee Sinclair, Cloud Nine Creative 

Cloud Nine Creative jewellery is fresh and contemporary. All of Lee's designs are sensitive to the new seasons colours and silhouettes. Each season Lee creates a beautiful range which we stock across all of our stores.

Liora Saad, Toodles Noodles 

Toodles Noodles designs are always full of fun and intrigue. We stock Liora's high quality tote bags, art prints, greeting cards and her new collaboration flags with Jenz Studio.

Martyn Milligan, Rinopai 

Rinopai jewellery is at its heart an exquisite representation of New Zealand's Flora. From the stunning gold plated Kowhai flower pendant to his newest Pohutukawa inspired earrings all pieces are handmade to the finest degree using precious metals and stones. We are very proud to be able to stock Martyn Milligan's Rinopai range in store.

Nick Feint, Stone Arrow Jewellery

All my jewellery is designed and manufactured in my workshop by myself or my employee. I use only New Zealand sourced Jade and also Paua and Beachstones in my designs, as well as copper and Sterling Silver. My designs have a very NZ/Pacific flavour and "you can never have too many spirals" is my motto.

Reuben Price, 100% NZ

After working with photographers in London, New York and Australia, Reuben has returned home to photograph the amazing landscapes of New Zealand. Currently living in Auckland and travelling the country at every opportunity, he often finds himself well off the beaten track in his quest to capture the perfect picture. Reuben is able to share these experiences through the sale of his images as stunning artwork for all to enjoy.
Since its conception the Company has grown to include images on Canvas and more recently our stunning range of Acrylic Blocks. We are always taking new photos and trying new ideas and designs to extend our product range, so please visit us regularly. All our products are New Zealand Made and developed using the finest materials available to ensure they last a lifetime.

Phillipa and Ken Croft, Studio Ceramics 

Phillipa and Ken Croft. The couple took over Studio Ceramics from previous Manager Chris Harvey, who had also been the General Manager at Crown Lynn. Chris had to retire due to ill health, so the Crofts took the opportunity to buy into an iconic west Auckland tradition. This was a brave move with no background in the industry, but their highly skilled staff are the key to the business. Studio Ceramics has become an iconic business over 21 years, being the spiritual successor to Crown Lynn and one of the mould makers from Crown Lynn still works for them. The Retro Lynn range is very popular along with kiwiana style ornaments, dishes and platters.

Don and Gina, Tofu Tree Design

Tofu Tree was founded by Don and Gina in 2009. Don is a young artist graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts, and Gina is a young architect from School of Architecture design, University of Auckland. They have come together to create beautiful and meaningful things that matter to our life.

The main source of inspiration is the natural beauty and kiwi lifestyle that can be found only in our precious country. Every work reflects the uniqueness of true New Zealand identity, whether it is the people, nature, or the environment. They hope to continuously make lovable things and share them with you.

Tania Mallow 

Tania works predominantly in sterling silver creating a range of arm-wear, necklaces, rings and earrings which incorporate gold and semi-precious gemstones to add a point of difference.
Some of her more interesting pieces include imprinted skeleton leave's on gorgeous chunky cuffs. Her work is contemporary in style and very organic.
Tania says "I like my pieces to express something individual whilst maintaining comfort of wear and aim to appeal to a wide audience".

Peter and Jeanette Shearer

Peter: has been a professional potter for over 30 years. During this time he has moved from producing purely functional domestic ware to making unique works which are distinctively New Zealand in nature. His "greenstone" vases and orbs are a typical example. Gorgeous coloured and organic in shape, like the natural stone itself. He works mainly with stoneware clay and each piece is individually hand made.

Jeanette: has been working with clay for more that 20 years and enjoys making representations of things that are familiar to us all. Each piece is individually formed from either high fired porcelain or stoneware clay. She often applies a crackle slip and iron oxide in a liquid form. This accentuates the textural quality of each piece and the iron gives the warm brown tones of nature to the finished pieces. This technique is depicted in her stunning natural clay wall feathers.