These ceramic tiles are cut, carved and glazed entirely by hand, making each piece unique and one-of-a-kind. These tiles feature hand carved Pasifika tapa motifs, inspired by the artist's Sāmoan culture and background, with the intention of always bringing the culture to the forefront of the conversation. Made with alofa (love), these tiles are perfect for decoration around your home or pieced together for a tiled mosaic.
Made from stoneware
Each tile measures 10.5cm on all sides and 0.5 cm thick.
Please note pricing is for one individual tile. Please select the
desired quantity if purchasing more than one.
Please note each tile varies slightly in colour as each one is unique.
The tile(s) you receive may differ slightly from those photographed.
About the artist
Amanda Stowers is the Sāmoan artist behind Masina Creative, named for her Nana, who was named for the moon. Amanda’s grandparents, along with so many others, bravely left their island home of Sāmoa for Aotearoa with the hopes and dreams of more opportunities for their aiga. Amanda's Dad followed in the way-finding footsteps of his parents, going overseas to the US to have a family. Amanda grew up in the diaspora, with little to no representation of her culture, spending her life being the only one like her in every space that she entered. Amanda has since brought her roots back full circle, returning to Aotearoa to fulfil her dreams and those of her Tua'ā.
Amanda's work is inspired by her Sāmoan background, and the way-finding Mana of her ancestors. Her goal with Masina Creative is to always keep the culture at the forefront of the conversation, and to be the person that she needed when she was younger. Bringing representation into new spaces, where the culture can be seen, understood and appreciated. For Amanda, community is everything, and she hopes through her work she can help build stronger Pasifika communities and help others on their identity journey.
She works mostly with clay, creating handmade ceramic pieces featuring Sāmoan tatau motifs, with each motif being chosen for their meaning within Sāmoan culture. Each piece is thrown by hand on the pottery wheel, carved completely free hand, bisque fired in a pottery kiln, glazed by hand and fired again. Each piece is unique, one of a kind, and made with alofa. The Mana of her ancestors pouring from her hands, through her tools and into the clay as she works.