A letter from Steph
Welcome to my unique Showroom and Workshop at 17 Whitmore Street, Wellington where everything in store is handcrafted on the premises. I aim to create high quality, unique pieces of adornment and small scale sculpture in the hope that these works are cherished and may become heirlooms and one day antiques of the future.
I look forward to meeting you.
Steph was born and raised in New Zealand where creating jewellery and 3d art objects became an obsession for her at an early age. After 4 years of study in the Visual Arts, she graduated with distinction in 1998 where she majored in Jewellery Design and Manufacturing at 19 years old. Combining traditional and contemporary materials with unusual subject matter forged the foundation of her unique style.
From exhibiting her work through numerous galleries throughout N.Z and Australia, Steph was driven by a strong desire to learn more traditional handcraft techniques, so she set her goal to study at the oldest Goldsmithing School in Europe. After learning the German language she undertook two years of study at the prestigious Goldschmiedeschule mit Uhrmacherschule (Goldsmithing School) in Pforzheim, Germany. Graduating with a German Master's Certificate in Goldsmithing and Design, in 2006.
Moving back to New Zealand, dedicated studio work, commissions, gallery exposure and exhibitions as well as a two year stint in the film industry making props for The Hobbit trilogy culminated in the opening of her first public Showroom/Gallery in 2015, Steph Lusted Jewellery & Objets d’ Art, where she continues to work from today.
“Crafting objects by hand is such a joy and I hope to be making and further exploring my craft for the rest of my life.” S.Lusted
Steph’s work sits between the realms of high handcraft, jewellery, miniature sculpture and Art. Her treatment of materials and often unusual subject matter allows her work to possess a strong point of difference. Her work is held in multiple collections including the National Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa, The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, and in prestigious private collections worldwide.
Mother of Pearl Shell is an incredible material which is difficult to work with due to the toxic dust created when carving it, however I am always satisfied with the end result when working with this unique material. A humble bi-product from the pearl industry, the shell itself I feel has so much to give. I enjoy taking a relatively humble material and making it precious through thought and handcraft.
This piece has a special feature of 18ct Yellow Gold set into the crevices of an area of the shell which may have been eaten away or is a natural flaw in the growth of the shell. Inspired by the Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics with gold, Kintsugi – ‘the beauty of imperfections’, I have chosen to highlight this flaw by filling it with gold.
This piece combines my passion of carving organic materials, then combining that carving seamlessly with traditional Goldsmithing techniques and materials to create a wearable and displayable piece of Objet d’art.