STONE ART - GALLERY 2
Soapstone, Limestone & Alabaster Sculptures

Working with Soapstone, Limestone and Alabaster

Working with soapstone, limestone and alabaster provides me with several 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 and nearby streambed. Other soapstone I use is imported from South America. Due to the various minerals that make up soapstone, a variety of colors and unique patterns are revealed once the stone is polished. 

Alabaster also displays a variety of colors. In addition, it can be translucent. However, alabaster cannot be obtained locally and has to be imported from the Western USA. Limestone is not as colorful as soapstone and alabaster. However, it can hold great detail and fractures less than other materials -- making it a wonderful material to carve.
- Alan Rhody

Handcrafted Sculptures:

BIG GULP

Alabaster - 2019.

Shark-like sea creature emerges from the deep

Alabaster quarried in Colorado or Utah.

[H= 12", W=12", D=12", approx 35 lbs].

2019: Curated show (Art at Leeds Gallery).

BLOSSOM OF HOPE

Alabaster - 2019.

Stone flower in flower pot.

Alabaster quarried in Colorado or Utah.

[H= 7", W=10", D=9", approx 30 lbs].

2019: Juried show (Columbia Art Gallery)

TEMPLE GUARDIAN

Brazillian Soapstone - 2018.

Fantasy creature with horns and tail.

South American soapstone sold by Vermont Marble & Granite.

[H= 8", W=18", D=12", approx 35 lbs].

2019: Curated show (Art at Leeds Gallery)

DONE FOR THE DAY

Limestone - 2018.

Pair of discarded shoes, laces untied.

Stone obtained from Baltimore salvage yard.

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

2018: Juried show (Circle Gallery); Curated show (Ice House Gallery)

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].

2019: Curated show (Art at Leeds Gallery); 2018: Juried show (Arthaus Projects Gallery).

  

TSUNAMI

Alabaster - 2017.

Breaking wave.

Stone obtained from NY supplier. Source unknown.

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

2019: Invitational show (Fulton County Arts Council Gallery); 2018: Juried show (Art at Leeds Gallery); Juried show & award (Columbia Art Gallery).

  

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

Alabaster - 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]