STONE ART - GALLERY 2
Soapstone & Alabaster Sculptures

Working with Soapstone and Alabaster

Working with soapstone, limestone and alabaster provides me with some advantages, as these rocks are softer than marble. I can carve them easier (using standard steel tools rather than carbide-tipped ones) and sand them faster (using ordinary sandpapers).

I get most of my soapstone from a local, long-abandoned quarry. I gather leftover chunks from the old quarry pit and from a nearby streambed. Other soapstone that I aquire is imported from South America. Due to the various minerals that make up soapstone, it's always a surprise to see how the rock really looks after the dust clears and the stone is polished. There are usually a variety of colors and patterns revealed. 

Alabaster  also comes in a variety of colors. It has a very unique translucence. However, it has to be imported from the western United States as it cannot be obtained locally. Limestone can hold great detail and fractures less than other materials. - Alan Rhody

Handcrafted Sculptures:

DONE FOR THE DAY

Limestone - 2018.

Pair of shoes, laces untied.

Stone obtained from Baltimore salvage yard.

[H= 8", W=12", D=12", approx 48 lbs].

CRYING GODDESS

Soapstone - 2017.

With stone teardrop design and flowing hair.

South American soapstone sold by Vermont Marble & Granite.

[H= 20", W=10", D=14", approx 59 lbs].

2017: Sold to private collector.

CHIEF

Soapstone - 2014.

Carved head wearing headdress.

Stone obtained from local abandoned soapstone quarry (Maryland).

[H= 15", W=4", D=14", approx 29 lbs].

  

TSUNAMI

Alabaster - 2017.

Breaking wave.

Stone obtained from NY supplier. Source unknown.

[H= 9", W=9", D=9", approx 18 lbs].

  

THREE FISH

Soapstone - 2016.

A school of abstract fish.

Stone obtained from local abandoned soapstone quarry (Maryland).

[H= 7", W=17", D=6", approx 15 lbs].

   

CURIOUS FISH

Soapstone - 2014.

A single fish.

Stone obtained from local abandoned soapstone quarry (Maryland).

[H=7" , W=1" D=7 approx 18 lbs with rock base (not pictured)].

 

RIVERMAN

Soapstone - 2015.

Primitive stone head.

Stone obtained from Alpine Gems quarries (Utah).

[H= 10", W=7", D=5", approx 15 lbs].

 

HALF MAN / HALF BEAST

Soapstone - 2014.

Gargoyle head.

Stone obtained from local abandoned soapstone quarry (Maryland).

[H= 8", W=5", D=5", approx 8 lbs with wood base]