Shona McLean, of Laughing Fish Studio in Mapua, produces colourful ceramics and prints of her locally-inspired paintings. You can see them (and buy online) at www.laughingfishstudio.co.nz. She has an observational humour that translates into jolly ladies enjoying a gals’ spa day, well-upholstered couples in love boogieing and colourful ladies serenading songbirds. Her confidence in both her media and upbeat view of life come through in every piece. All her work is meant to be used and enjoyed and you’ll spot her distinctive pieces in many local – and more distant – homes.
Shona and Martin are also in the process of readying Laughing Fish Studio as self-contained accommodation so guests will be able to stay within 400m of the Wharf very soon.