Bowl Art Gallery & Turning Studio
Gavin has his home, turning studio, and bowl art gallery on Kawau Island.
Their house and gallery, called Tŷ Pren (“Wood House” in Welsh) is just that: made of wood – a combination of hardwoods, macrocarpa and plywood. Everywhere you look is wood with wooden floors, wooden ceilings, beautiful wooden tables, chairs and a massive Waterford Stanley wood-burning stove forming a centerpiece of the house. …and of course then there are the wooden bowls.
Standing on the deck, you can really appreciate the 180 degree water views and see how the house is encircled with fruit trees which merge right into the forest that dominates the landscape.
It is a fantastic place to appreciate not just where these bowls are made but also some of the inspiration behind them.
Bowl Art Gallery
There is always a good selection of bowls to admire and purchase. In addition to the bowls that are for sale, there are also some spectacular bowls that Gavin and his wife hold in their personal collection along with a hefty number being used daily in their house and kitchen. Which helps you appreciate that a lot of these bowls are not just there to look good.
In the gallery you will find the largest selection of his work compared to what is viewable on the website. You’ll be able to see and touch everything from his latest work through to a collection of seconds that are available to purchase.
Gavin is also happy to talk about his process and wooden bowl art, where the wood came from right through to how best to look after wooden bowls day to day.
The bowl gallery can be visited most days by appointment. To arrange a time that suits please call or text 021 260 7086.
How to get to the Bowl Art Gallery
If you’re not familiar with Kawau there’s more information on how to get to and from Kawau Island here: Kawau Attractions & Transport.
For those of you who would love to see a little of how these beautiful bowls are made, it is also possible to have a short tour of the turning studio.