A ‘true blue Coaster’, Johnny Vroblfski has spent his life exploring the West Coast of the South Island – the jade capital of New Zealand. In 1970, Johnny followed his heart – and natural talent – to make jade carving his career.
"Johnny's forte is in carving traditional twists, korus and hooks, showcasing his artisan skill in perfect line accuracy, balance and finish."
When he wasn’t fishing or hunting, Johnny was fossicking for treasured pounamu (greenstone or New Zealand jade). Today, his personal collection includes some of the finest specimens imaginable.
Mountain Jade Studio
Inside the Mountain Jade workshop, talented pounamu carvers call on specialist skills to transform raw stone into carved art. "Working with pounamu remains a remarkably hands on process." ...
Kyohei hails from Japan, moving to New Zealand with his family at just three months old. "His father is a bone carver and as a young child Kyohei would study...