Maike makes distinct and unique jewellery from precious metals, pebbles and natural stone, from her studio in Motueka, Nelson.
'I make jewellery because I like the intimate scale of it. Jewellery is deeply personal to the wearer. It can be a talisman and personal magic. When worn, it reveals something about personality and communication to the world. It denotes a sense of belonging - to a group, a mindset or another person.
I have been exploring the relationship between stone and metal for many years.
The contrast in both the materials and their working properties are a constant source of challenge and inspiration.
Stone seems hard and unyielding but is a very sensitive material to hold and wear. Precious metal carries many meanings, from monetary to sentimental. It is willing to be worked and shaped and wants to please.'