Te Arawa, Ngati Whakaue, Te Mahanga, Taranaki, Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Kakungunu.
Ema Scott and Stephen Wheeler opened their studio “Stonepeace” otherwise known as “Kohatu Humarie” in 1999. Their studio is at a very special (ukaipo) enclave of family land in Haumoana, Hawkes Bay, close to the Tuki Tuki River and Haumoana Beach on the Pacific Ocean. Here, they produce honed down, elegant stone forms from granite, marble, pounamu and greywacke, sensitive to balance and flow, inviting to be touched. Recently Ema started producing botanical artworks. Ema says that although the work is physically demanding it rewards by revealing an enduring peace and connection. Her intention is to give peace a tangible form.
Ema is of Maori / Irish / Scottish descent. She views her work as a tangible expression of an unbroken chain of creativity linking through her parents to her Tipuna (ancestors) and ultimately to the source of all creation. Ema finds inspiration in her spiritual connection to the past. She calls this ‘design by descent’.