A gorgeous pair of kotare earrings made by Tania Mallow
These earrings are made of sterling silver and are approx 3.4cm in length
The Kotare or Sacred Kingfisher is native to New Zealand. These unique looking birds are often seen sitting very still on power lines or other high vantage points waiting to spot prey. They are a beautiful turquoise blue colour and are rather small and squat.
“I love it when I put the final finishing touches to a piece of jewellery such as the final polish. Seeing a piece come to fruition from an idea scribbled on a scrap of paper to forming it and finishing it is a really cool process”
Tania Mallow has had a passion for jewellery ever since the age of nine and set up her own jewellery business back in 2006. Prior to this she worked at Howick Village Jewellers where she learnt traditional jewellery making skills. Tania works out of her home studio situated in Beachlands, Auckland where each piece of jewellery is carefully handcrafted to perfection. Her work is particularly inspired by the shapes and textures of New Zealand nature and she introduces these elements into each of her designs.
“I actually love the challenge of productivity! Its really cool to see all my creations lined up at the end of a hard days work at the bench (and coffee is good too!) My biggest challenges with sustaining a creative practice have been juggling the marketing, accounts, design and production in a limited time frame alongside full time work. Knowing that people are out there in the world wearing my jewellery is amazing and very humbling! It gives me such a buzz when I meet a random stranger and notice that they are wearing one of my creations, blows me away every time”