TOOLS OF THE TRADE: THE INSPIRATION

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These are my mom's stone sculpting tools.  

She started sculpting in stone when I was little and made some of the most beautiful work in soapstone and alabaster.  One of her pieces was gifted to me and one to my sister.  (And one she got rid of...which I will always be bummed about because I really loved that one).  

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She put the chisel and hammer down for a long time, but at 70, she is getting back into it with a big piece of pink alabaster she got from my brother in law's front yard.  I always admired her talents as an artist.  She inspired me in so many ways with what she saw and made out of stone.  

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Last weekend I made a little long time dream of mine come true!  I started studying stone sculpting with the kindest and most incredibly talented teacher.  I am so floored by the process of this art form.  As my teacher said, "its good for the head and good for the heart."  As I was chiseling away I almost felt this meditative stirring in my Greek blood (mom's side of the fam) I know that sounds weird, but It kept entering my mind as the hours flew by.  Don't get me wrong, it is also hard work, and I have tons of respect for these craftspeople throughout the ages that have done this kind of work and art by hand.  Making massive columns and life sized human forms.  wow.  

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  My deepest thanks to the teachers and to the artists. And thanks to my mom who is both to me.  I hope to someday hammer away at some rock side by side with you.

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