I can’t say it enough. Soapstone is a very colourful medium.
It sounds like I have a schoolboy crush on soapstone and I do. – strange as that sounds. All of the pieces shown above are carved by me and all in soapstone. There are always more colours and densities that I would love to try out. I really want to get my hands on some red and some aquamarine as the next challenges but, this spectrum is keep me in carving bliss.
The white and pink stones in the photos here are Asian and very soft. If someone wanted to try their hand at carving, those two are like carving butter. Just be careful because unlike butter you can’t stick it back together if you make a mistake. In elementary schools the children sometimes carve blocks of soap. Perfect for trying out the carving skills. Butter and soaps don’t have the dust of the actual stone so there is no chance of breathing in dust
The black is Canadian and this piece of stone started life in Northern Quebec. Then we have the big bear; Bonneville. All one piece of Brazilian soapstone. I have no idea what part of Brazil this boulder began life but, I picked the boulder out of a stone field here in Canada from a supplier. Selling rocks is a business and people like me connect with other people to know about those people.
I don’t see it as tricky skill to pick a boulder and turner it into a bear but some might say it is; the magic of art.
This is not THE boulder that Bonneville was carved from but, you get the idea.
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Same fish different , different side
Okay, I am a fan of Brazilian Soapstone, not so much of limestone, maybe alabaster is a close second. The reasoning is as simple as, that I think the beauty of Brazilian soapstone has a depth of colour that marble and limestone don’t have.This is shown with this fish that I carved a little while ago. It is one piece of stone.
One ‘rock’ gives ; browns , blues and I have left the base essentially in it’s raw state with just some hint of watermarks. A client who purchases this piece would get two fish for the price of one if you think of these things in terms of home decor. Can you pick the wet, muddy stream and the fish catching the light so in one turn he or she is brown and at the next jump he looks green?
The beauty of soapstone. The artist has to work with the stone but, the inherent colours and lines of the stone, lend themselves so well to this jumping fish.
Are people tired yet that I say; soapstone carver instead of stone artist or just artist? Maybe , and the general public may not care at first glance whether my art is made from soapstone or any other type of stone. But, I do.
And anyone that looks at my art or any other stone artist feels the intrinsic love of the colours that show up in the stone. For me it is particularly satisfying when I work with Brazilian soapstone.
I am a carver, I carve what I see in the stone, (yes mostly bears but, other things like this fish as well).
Can’t you just picture being at a stream and seeing the fish jump up and catch a bit of the reflection of the water? The beauty of stone art.