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‘‘Every piece has a story’’ is our way of giving you a little insight into the wonderful people behind our brand and the special individuals who are a part of our Mina Community. We first met Charlotte when she walked into our former Karangahape Road showroom searching for a special location to host her bespoke clients. Although we no longer share a space, we maintain a close relationship, stocking Charlotte Penman Jewellery at our new Grey Lynn Studio/Store.
We sat down with Charlotte and her grandmother Louise at Louise's home to learn more about their special relationship and how it has shaped Charlotte as a maker and individual.
My relationship with my Grandma has always been very special to me, she was my calm space, a steady constant and someone who inspired me to always strive to do good and think beyond myself. I remember as a child, that she held Mother Theresa in high regard. My mum and Grandma instilled a sense of social justice, awareness and charity for others in myself, my brothers, sisters, and that is something I will be forever grateful for.
My Grandparents lived in Hong Kong, and throughout my childhood it became my second home, I visited for the first time with my mum Sarah when I was about 3 months old! It was a stark contrast to New Zealand and the warmth and colourful landscape has become deeply ingrained in my psyche, I passionately love Asia as a result.
So many vivid memories of these times, particularly fondly I recall shadowing my Grandma on morning trips to central Hong Kong, to the post office, bank, market, etc. Once she had completed her errands we would often visit a French patisserie where I was allowed to choose something special to take home. We would venture home, for morning tea served in china cups, from memory I would have blackcurrant juice served in a teapot, and I would sit at her feet while she wrote letters in her upstairs home office. I must have been about 4 or 5 years old. It was here I developed a deep appreciation for crispy, slightly browned at the edges Palmier, always on the lookout for the perfect one, they are very hard to find! To this day I still really enjoy visiting my Grandma, for tea and conversation, she has an incredible memory for detail and I cherish the moments I have with her.
I love spending time with her, and also appreciating the special atmosphere she has created. As long as I can remember, there is always classical music playing, and my Grandma is always calm and welcoming.
My Grandparents have a deep appreciation for art, traditional Japanese and Chinese artifacts as well as mid century furniture and art. My Grandmother loves painting and ceramics, she has collected interesting Japanese and New Zealand pottery, as well as classic landscape paintings from New Zealand artists including Peter Mcintyre, who’s daughter in law recently taught my daughter Florence, a very special connection.