Torso with Gloves
Thulite. 6 3/4″ high without base. Work in progress.
Thulite is a hard, strong, exceptionally beautiful pink and green semiprecious stone. I found this one in the Okanogan Valley of far northern Washington, in the interior dry country where cattle and rattlesnakes coexist and woodrats scurry among rocks. It was at the bottom of a steep, unstable cliff.
The stone’s surprising strength encouraged me to push the form beyond anything I had carved before. The more daring the design at any moment, the more its strength amazed me and I continued. Its strength drew me in. The stone’s hardness made mistakes happen slowly, giving me time to learn, and the beauty of the stone itself was irresistible.
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