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Ko wai au? 

Avara Moody (they/she/ia) is a takatāpui designer practising in uku/clay as Avara Studio in
Te Whanganui-a-Tara with a background in industrial design.

Home for Avara is Kapanga, Coromandel Town, where her tupuna migrated many generations ago and continue to live. They are a blend of Pākehā, Samoan, Te Rarawa and other whakapapa. Her upbringing was close to nature and the strength, determination and creativity of her family encouraged her to pursue this mahi.

Avara designs pieces to elicit moments of joy and curiosity and looks to forms in te taiao for inspiration. Much of their work uses a Japanese hand-building technique, nerikomi, where different colours/types of clay are combined to create mesmerising patterns. This organic process creates endless possibilities, and aligns with Avara’s intuitive approach to making.

Avara Studio aims to strengthen the local design community of Aotearoa and increase the value placed on the design of well-crafted and sustainably produced objects.

Please get in touch here if you have any questions or are interested in custom orders or collaborations.




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Te Whanganui-a-Tara

The Dowse Shop - Petone

Mimi Store - Newtown

Tāmaki Makaurau

Moana Fresh - Avondale
Wonder Journal - Britomart 
Made Good - Online 


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