Glass Artist

Pohutukawa Series

Legends tell of the young warrior Tawhaki and his attempt to enlist help in heaven to avenge his father's death. When he fell back to earth his blood became the crimson flowers of the Pohutukawa.

At the northernmost point of New Zealand is a point of land where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean. On this rock spit is a single Pohutukawa tree which has been clinging bravely to the rock for 800 years.

The small, wind-beaten tree is reputed to guard the entrance to a sacred cave through which disembodied spirits pass ontheir way to the next world.

The Pohutukawa Series is John’s homage to this magnificent and culturally significant plant.