Why did you choose the career of a stone sculptor?
Stone is a material that speaks to me. It is hard, heavy and unforgiving, but can be sculpted to be soft and light. I love its permanence – there is something enticing about knowing your work will outlive you by hundreds, if not thousands of years.
What draws you to craft fungi sculptures?
I find their forms sculpturally interesting, and there is a lot to them. They are living, thinking organisms that can problem solve. Every time I learn something from them, it opens up more questions, and so they always make me come back for more.
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How do you express tradition and innovation in your work?
It is important to me to use my traditional training to keep these skills alive. I do love my power tools, but I need to personally connect with my work, so I almost always come back to my hand tools to create the flow, texture and the tactile nature of a piece.
What is your crafting process?
Once I lay my eyes on a form that inspires me, I tear straight in with an angle grinder to take off a large areas of waste. As the form comes together, I move in with chisels to refine. The finishing is done with rasps and files, then by sand, wet and dry papers.