Carving Marble in Colorado

I recently returned from a marble carving symposium in the mountains of Colorado-- a town named Marble, Colorado in fact!  It is so wonderful to be able to create sculpture in such an inspirationally beautiful landscape, and gratifying to be able to turn a piece of stone into something resembling a sculpture in just one week.  Here are some photos of the pieces in progress, soon they will be shipped to my studio for finishing and then to Galleri Urbane in Dallas for my solo show in October.  

 This stone was about 3 feet long and 300 lbs to begin with.

This stone was about 3 feet long and 300 lbs to begin with.

 Initially stone is removed in large chunks by cutting through the marble with a diamond wheel on a grinder.

Initially stone is removed in large chunks by cutting through the marble with a diamond wheel on a grinder.

 At work and enjoying it!

At work and enjoying it!

 Slowly the shape emerges.  

Slowly the shape emerges.  

 My other piece, this one about 18" tall.  

My other piece, this one about 18" tall.  

These pieces, once finished, will be a part of the Immutable Ice series: pieces inspired by melting glacial ice forms, now made permanent in stone.