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 1x1x1 By Fletch Waller

“Vladmir”Vladimir by Fletch Waller

  1. How did the idea come to you?

In the mid-eighties, I saw an Irish National Theatre production of Waiting For Godot. In the second act, Estragon gets cold; Vladmir takes off his coat and drapes it over Estragon’s shoulders.  Now Vladmir is getting chilled.  This tall, lanky Irish actor walked about the stage, slapping his back to stay warm.  His arms were so long he seemed to reach his scapula, and turned his back to show the audience it was just so.  That image has stayed with me all these years.  When a limestone column from a UW building renovation came to us at Pratt, I asked Sabah al Dhaher, my teacher/coach/mentor/pal, whether I was up to such a figure.  I’m a relative newcomer and very amateur.

  1. Process: Maquette? Drawing? Direct Carve? Other?

Direct carve.  All hand tools.

  1. Hardest part?Vladimir by Fletch Waller

Roughing and reducing: how deeply in was Vladmir buried?

  1. Easiest part?


What did you learn from the making of this piece?

To use power tools on the next one (a three-dimensional yin-yang)!

1 X 1 X 1: Lisa Svircic

Lisa Svircic

Lisa Svircic1: How did the idea come to you?
The idea for this piece came to me from the shape of the original stone. It had a natural twist and arc to it that wanted to become a female torso. I brought this stone to carve at the symposium at Pilgrim Firs this July.

2: Process: Maquette? Drawing? Direct Carve? Other?
I always start direct carving the stone and together we find the form. I used a point chisel to rough out the shape and then used a flat tooth chisel to develop the shape. I like to keep part of the natural stone in the final piece so I worked around the cleft in the waist, which was in the original stone. I used a flat chisel to finish the back of the piece and sanded/polished it to a high shine. I left the raw chisel marks in front and created a curvilinear division so it’s not a stark front versus back.

3: Hardest part?

The hardest part was finding the mood of the sculpture as well as keeping the anatomy in mind as I worked. I had been away for sculpting for a while, so I had to find my way again. Many artists at the symposium helped me with their thoughts and critiques, thank you all!

Natual Beauty Svircic4: Easiest part?
The easiest part was choosing to incorporate both the flat tooth chisel marks and the smooth polished finish. I was getting feedback at the symposium about my mark making and how nice it looked... but chlorite polishes to such a beautiful black shine! So, I did both and am pleased with the results.

5: What did you learn from the making of this piece?
I learned a lot from this piece about myself and about the generosity of artists. Even after not carving for a while, I can still carve. This is a valuable lesson not to give up and not to give in to temporary insecurities. Also, the wonderful support and helpful critiques from fellow artists are truly a gift. Thank you!


Eun Parker

“Birth”, 16” X 10.7” X 4.5”, Carrara marble on polycot base

How did the idea come to you?

“Birth” was inspired by my father.  

Process: Maquette? Drawing? Direct Carve? Other?

By drawing and sometimes makes modeling with air dry clay.

Hardest part?

Making the center of hole.

Easiest part?


What did you learn from the making of this piece? 

“Balance.” Carrara marble was strong but very soft, too.



Julianne Kohn
Julianne Kohn
How did the idea come to you?
Making an Octopus pendant has always appealed to me, it being one of my favorite animals.

Process: Maquette? Drawing? Direct Carve? Other?
Using a cheap enamel pendant as a general idea, I altered the design so that it was my own. Secondly a waterproof double-sided template was made and laying it on the flat surface, the design was transferred to the rough slab. A sintered Diamond carving wheel took the straight edged slab to its curvy edges in no time. Drilling the seventeen holes however, took an entire day, though. It was completed by the end of the symposium.

Octopus Pendant, 2 1/8 x 2 3/4, New Zealand Jade, Julianne Kohn

Hardest part?
I think the most difficult part was repeatedly drawing on the jade using the template to separate the tentacles and give the piece some movement and depth.

Easiest part?
I found polishing it to be the easiest part of the process although no steps in this sometimes tedious process were skipped. I usually do enjoy the finishing process seeing the end reward of all the effort.

What did you learn from the making of this piece?
I learned a great deal about Jade as a carving medium. It is said that you must respect the material but not let it bully you. I am certain I will still pursue larger scale sculpture but I must say, there is something very satisfying about creating a small sculpture that you can wear every day.