Mercurius International is the worldwide distributor for Stockmar and specialist in quality supplies for Waldorf and Steiner schools, worldwide. Combining years of experience with energy and innovation they offer a core selection of products internationally through their distributing partners.
Through collaboration with their customers, they actively embrace social and environmental responsibilities and subject all their products to extensive safety, environmental and quality testing. Committed to offering quality products that support healthy development, Mercurius International products quality and safety considerations go far beyond the standard requirements.
Mercurius International provides Waldorf and other schools the best products available at fair prices, by collaborating constructively with customers and vendors, and by using business to inspire and implement solutions to social and environmental needs.
Mercurius in Australia, as part of the Wooden Playroom and Oskar's Wooden Ark family, an independent and family owned Australian business, is the Australian wholesale representative and distributor for all Mercurius International products.
The Hans Stockmar Company was founded in northern Germany in 1922, and initially offered beekeeping supplies and candles. Over time, and in cooperation with Waldorf school art teachers, the company developed the well known Stockmar Beeswax Modelling Wax, Stockmar Beeswax Block Crayons, Stockmar Beeswax Stick Crayons, Stockmar Beeswax Decorating Wax and the newest addition to the Stockmar family, the super creamy and high quality Stockmar Hexagonal and Triangular pencils.
Stockmar products are known throughout the world for their uncompromised quality and production in adherence to high pedagogical, artistic, social and enviromental standards. In addition to their own quality control, Stockmar products are tested by independent laboraties in Germany to ensure their purity and safety.
The core of Stockmar's product development is based on the sensory development of the child as understood by Rudolf Steiner. Today, more than ever, this is of the upmost importance, as much of our modern lifestyle overloads certain aspects of primary sense development and limits the experience of other more subtle senses which are becoming increasingly important and necessary to be able to stand strong and with heart in the modern world.
All Stockmar products are developed based on the extended version of Goethe's "Theory of Colours". Almost all of Stockmar's products come in this wide range of colours and that the colours in the individual products match. Stockmars' Colour Harmony means that the colours across the different products match and can be mixed together in a harmonious way.
Mercurius in Australia, as part of the Wooden Playroom and Oskar's Wooden Ark family, an independent and family owned Australian business, is the Australian wholesale representative and distributor for all Stockmar products.
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Lyra, originally a German company, has been making pencils since 1806 - one of the oldest pencil makers in the world.
Moving with the times and grown out of innovation, Lyra continues to make world-class quality pencils and art supplies, well loved in schools and by artists around the globe. The pioneer of the chunky triangular and hexagonal pencil, known as the Super Ferby and Colour Giant respectively and remembered by nearly every graduated Waldorf or Steiner student world-wide.
Mercurius in Australia, as part of the Wooden Playroom and Oskar's Wooden Ark family, an independent and family owned Australian business, is a wholesale representative and distributor for Lyra products in Australia, to schools and retailers.
Painting with hot wax, known as Encaustic Art, uses heat to melt wax colours to produce artistic results.
Encaustic Hot Wax Painting is an ancient process dating back to the Greeks - the word encaustic originates from the Greek word enkaustikos, which means to 'burn in'. The Greeks used the hot wax to caulk the hulls of ships and with the addition of colour pigment were able to create elaborate decorations on their warships. Encaustic painting examples can be found in icon painting, ancient Egypt, Australian Aboriginal cave paintings and forms the basis for Kut-Kut, a traditional art form of the Philippines.
Today, special encaustic painting tools are used to heat, apply and manipulate the art effect. As each layer of hot wax paint is added, it reheats and fuses to the previous layers. The layering of wax and colour pigments produces long lasting wax art, with a rich, optical and multi-dimensional effect – artwork that has a living quality.
The brand Encaustic Art is the original company to create modern encaustic painting tools and methods. These have evolved, and continue to be added to, providing the creative and inspiring Encaustic Art range we have today.
Mercurius in Australia, as part of the Wooden Playroom and Oskar's Wooden Ark family, an independent and family owned Australian business, is the Australian wholesale representative and distributor for Encaustic Art, the original brand and products.
For more than 50 years, Choroi-musicians, teachers, therapists, instrument makers and co-workers have developed innovative music instruments which can lead to new experience. On one hand they are designed for a heightened listening perception. One becomes aware of a more subtle sound quality, of the materials from which they are made and of the space in which they resound. On the other hand, Choroi is developing instruments which are easy to manage and to play for everyone, adults and children. With Choroi instruments, music-making becomes infinite, which is especially important for the healthy development of children.
Choroi instruments are created by inspired instrument builders across ten independent, non-profit workshops around Europe. All Choroi instruments are made in team work by experienced instrument builders and disabled or socially disadvantaged people, who, in this way, make an important cultural contribution. Elaborate and patient hand work is as important for the making of a good instrument as it is to select high quality materials.
Today, Choroi is known worldwide for its innovative, high quality musical instruments. All wooden Choroi Musical Instruments use solid European wood with a linseed oil finish.
Mercurius in Australia, as part of the Wooden Playroom and Oskar's Wooden Ark family, an independent and family owned Australian business, is the Australian wholesale representative and distributor for all Choroi products.
Auris (meaning 'belonging to the ear'), is a Swedish company who have been making high quality musical instruments since 1978.
All Auris instruments are designed by the original owner and director Kjell Andersson. Along side the devoted instrument work, Auris also has a social commitment. Since 1988, with the help of special adapted machines, a group of handicapped young people work side by side in a meaningful way in the production of the instruments.
Auris instruments can be found all over the world, with 95% of the production exported. They are valued by music therapists, in classrooms and by individuals with a ear for quality music.
Dipam is an ethical and socially responsible company who make high quality 100% beeswax candles.
Every effort is made to use materials that are renewable, sustainably produced and environmentally-friendly. A small organization employing up to 10 people, Dipam partners with and provides meaningful work for long-term unemployed and people with disabilities.
Burning a 100% pure beeswax Dipam candle brings 100% pure light and a little summer sun into your room or sacred space.
Mercurius in Australia, as part of the Wooden Playroom and Oskar's Wooden Ark family, an independent and family owned Australian business, is the Australian wholesale representative and distributor for Dipam pure beeswax candles.
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