Jane Elizabeth Rochester 

Object & craft


Jane Elizabeth Rochester 

  • Object & craft
  • Craft
  • Installation art
  • Mosaic
  • Joinery/woodwork
  • Resin Art & Homewares

Kia Ora, I am ‘Bubala’ an evolving resin artist now working from home, based in Katikati. Having lived in Waihi, for 15 years, my local Waihi beach is my passion and inspiration for my creations.

I studied Surface Pattern Design in the UK in the early 1980s after leaving school. With a love of travel, working abroad took over leaving art behind. 30 years later, with an overwhelming need to create with colour again Bubala was born, after discovering fluid acrylic art which flowed naturally to ‘Resin’ and the rest of the journey continued with the creation of Bubala Creations.

I am an evolving self-taught fluid resin artist. Always learning and striving to create the impressions of the ocean both realistic and abstract, while pushing my limits and experimenting with resin and colour. Creating unique ocean-themed resin art and ‘art with a function’ with stunning colours that reflect the beauty, movement and ocean depth.

I work with new, recycled, custom homeware and home décor products. Using all types of wood, ceramic, canvas, birch, MDF, grazing board, serving paddles, coasters, mini art, and coffee tables as well as commissions for larger pieces of art. Buying new homeware items and sanding them back to their raw base wood to beautify with ocean resin colours and then finishing all by hand to a high-quality finish with sanding and oil. Or, Op shopping to give a new life to old items by upcycling and adding a new life of unique beauty.

2021 sees me taking an exciting leap to up-skill and moving into crafting my own timber items; small coffee tables, art, household items and serving boards. Using wood grains and live edges to inspire my designs.

I work in ocean colours predominately, but all the colours under the rainbow are available on an order/commission basis, this includes matching colours for your unique bespoke requests. I love to take on challenges for clients to create their unique special pieces in commissions for artworks and homewares.

The Bubala – Bubala is Yiddish for Sweet Heart – name comes from Bubala Boy which was the nickname for my beloved German Shepherd “Bedar” of 13 years, who passed away at the time I began my resin art journey in 2018.

You can find Bubala at the following;

  • The Whangamata Info Centre,
  • The Little Big Markets BOP,
  • Whangamata Weekend Markets, Whangamata,
  • The Waihi Beach Sunday Market,
  • The Waihi Beach Arts & Craft Fairs,
  • Cambridge St Andrews Art Fairs,
  • The Pahoia Markets, Pahoia, (formally The Atrium, Art & Artisans Market)
  • The Katikati Artisan Market
  • @Chrome Café, Katikati,
  • The Moggies Market, Katikati.
  • The Wallace Gallery, Morrensville.
  • The Collection, Piccadilly Arcade, Tauranga.
  • The Ngatea Gallery, Ngatea.

Bubala’s Recent large Events 2020:

  • The Waikato Design & Lifestyle Market @ The Barn, Claudelands, Hamilton October 2020
  • The Waihi Beach Arts & Craft Fair Labour Weekend October 2020.
  • The St Andrews Art & Craft Market, Cambridge, Labour Weekend Monday Oct 2020.
  • The Bay of Plenty 4 Day Event Garden & Art Festival Nov 2020.

Bubala Creations – Fluid & Resin Art. @bubalacreations

Western Bay of Plenty
Phone: 0223734599

Interested in

  • Collaborations
  • Commissions
  • Open to creative opportunities


At this stage I am not able to arrange workshops, but it is something I have been asked about many times, I will be looking at this in the future.