Norman Clark - Carver (1942-2016)


Norman Clark was one of the worlds top carvers.

His carvings were exhibited and sold around the world, notably as part of the landmark Te Maori exhibition in New York in 1984, and his pieces were often given as gifts by New Zealand diplomats travelling overseas. 

Norman Alfred Thomas Clark was born in Tauranga in 1942 and grew up in Tauranga and Whanganui.  Norman joined the airforce in the late 1950s as an engineer.  In his spare time he did wood carvings.  Norman then began Maori-influenced woodcarving.

Throughout his career Norman worked with wood, beef and whale bone, as well as ivory, jade and assorted New Zealand stone, as well as casting in silver and gold, and using paua inlay. 


Over many years Norman tutored and passed on knowledge while attempting to promote Maori culture in New Zealand and to the world.

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