Studio Toru

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Wednesday10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Thursday10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Friday10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Saturday10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Sunday10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Opposite 4 Square, 3 Oroua Street, Eastbourne, Lower Hutt

021 433 082

Established by jeweller Philothea Flynn, Studio Toru is housed in one of Eastbourne’s original settler cottages, originally built by and for an Italian fishing family. It has since been beautifully refurbished and is now a unique 3-in-1 jewellery workshop, retail area and gallery exhibition space. In the years since it opened, Studio Toru has become quite the community hub, somewhere people can rely on for their fix of art and beauty, all the while supporting local creators, both emerging and established.

The name Studio Toru is a nod not just to the three different aspects of the business but also to its address, 3 Oroua Street. The cottage’s gallery rooms feature regular exhibitions that both promote and introduce different New Zealand artists, and the retail studio space is the perfect place to find a special gift and offers pieces for you to enjoy at home. Works are produced by various contemporary New Zealand jewellers, along with ceramics, sculptures, paintings, prints and textiles created by local and national artists. Each artist has their own distinct style, making it easy to find a unique piece or to commission something special. 

The wide variety of mediums and high calibre of creative output on display at Studio Toru really is something to remember, and it’s not to be outdone by the careful curation and ever-changing presentation of the artwork and jewellery inside the gallery and studio. Connected to the studio is the jewellery workshop itself, another beautifully designed space containing a number of fascinating tools and equipment, such as a vintage German rolling mill and a French jeweller’s desk dating back to the 1800s. 

Studio Toru's vision is to create a welcoming, inclusive and uplifting space where people can discover and be inspired by exquisite artwork and jewellery. It is a place where the creative juices can’t help but flow, and fresh ideas are constantly brewing. With the added benefit of revitalising the local area as a destination to visit, there is no doubt Studio Toru is excelling on all fronts. 


Words by Nicole Mudgway & Photography by Anna Briggs

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Opposite 4 Square, 3 Oroua Street, Eastbourne, Lower Hutt

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