QUESTION “Can Pounamu only be gifted, is it ok to buy a piece for yourself?”
I get asked about the gifted idea every now and then.
I personally don’t follow it. My whole background as a maker started and is motivated by making objects I like and would want to own/wear so I’ve made all my own carvings. I also like buying things (from veg through to tools) from the maker/grower. I like to be connected to the object and meet and talk to the person that made it.
I’m not sure how prevalent the gifted idea is. I believe I have only heard it in regards to Pounamu. I’ve also had a lot of Pakeha and Maori buy carvings from me for themselves. I think that a carving is very personal and special. It makes sense to pick one yourself and be involved in the buying/commissioning process.
Like all things different people have other opinions. I tell people that ask me my ideas and then suggest they go with what they are comfortable with.
What do you think?