Judy Newton, the creator of green heart jewellery, lives in Titirangi, West Auckland. She is originally from the South Island. The materials she uses in her jewellery include coloured window glass, stone, ceramic (broken china), and sterling silver. All pieces are individually shaped and engraved, using diamond equipment. Judy uses recycled materials as much as possible e.g. the glass is off-cuts sourced from leadlight-glass studios; the ‘pressed’ glass often had a former life in the doors and windows of old villas; the broken china is from various sources – her kitchen, second hand shops, people’s donations… Some china is historic – found in old settlement sites around NZ, it can date back to the 1800s.
The idea of giving materials a new life in another direction appeals – broken china or off-cut glass becoming a personal adornment. Judy likes to use recycled china as there are often stories behind its designs and patterns, with associations and memories that are evocative.
Judy’s family were ‘rock hounds’ and she grew up spending hours looking for agate, petrified wood and pounamu in the rivers and beaches of te Wai Pounamu, the South Island. This habit continues with finding and collecting stones from around New Zealand. Judy likes to create personal pieces that connect to places in Aotearoa/New Zealand, e.g. a green glass necklace with beach stones from Tiritirimatangi Island, the beautiful bird sanctuary in the Hauraki Gulf. Judy finds inspiration in the natural landscape of New Zealand and in Pacific designs.