31st Annual International Stone Carving Symposium
at Camp Pilgrim Firs, Port Orchard, WA 
July 7th-15th 2018
Members register on-line by May 31st receive $100 Discount off full time rate at check-out.

The Symposium PilgrimFirsFeild

We invite you to join us at Camp Pilgrim Firs for up to eight full days of playing with stone, communing with nature, and enjoying the camaraderie of fellow stone enthusiasts. Bring yourself, your creative energy, your humor, tools, and a favorite piece of stone. If you don’t have stone or tools, we have an entire tent set up for beginners with tools and instructors.
The Campgrounds provide cabins and lodges that are connected by serene walking paths through the forested grounds and three full meals a day, so you’ll have the ultimate freedom to delve into carving and building friendships. Evenings are filled with slideshows, informational talks, a riot of a fundraising auction, a music-filled final night party, campfires and even nighttime swims in the lake. Stone and tools are available for purchase by our vendors.

The Camp has a lodge with shared common area and bathrooms; it features multiple dorm-style rooms that sleep 2-4 people each. There are also 11 duplex style cabins with private decks that sleep 3 per side. For those who like to commune with nature, limited space is available for tents or trailers.

Sculpture Walk on the Meadow Saturday, July 14th
We’ll host an outdoor art gallery that’s a perfect opportunity to show your work in a supportive and appreciative environment. We encourage everyone to bring a finished piece to display and to invite your friends! Bring pedestals if you have them. NWSSA receives a 20% commission on sculpture sales.

Register On-line:  [Click Here],
or via SnailMail: download [ Registration Form ] send with with payment to NWSSA, Attn: Cyra Jane, Symposium Director, PO Box 27364 Seattle, WA 98165

Guest Artists and Workshops
 Francesca Inner Metamorphoses - Francesca Bernardini
Francesca joins us from Italy and has a wealth of experience in marble and organic forms to share with us.

Francesca works by observing the natural microcosm, and drawing inspiration from it, exalting particulars and distorting dimensions. Her attention is focused on the nests, cocoons & chrysalises. The cocoon is the place where the process of “quiescence” takes place. Francesca will inspire us to experiment both mentally and physically on an initial idea, pushing it further to the next in a series of sculptures.
 Candyce Garrett Expect the Unexpected -  Candyce Garrett
Working with granites since 2001, Candyce excels in contrasting the heavy material with lightness and fluid form by implying motion. She explores the illusion of movement through explosion, implosion, and piercing and plays with surface textures to create a piece that will evolve with the changing ambient lighting to be something new, exciting, and different each time it is viewed. She will be demonstrating various surfacing techniques that achieve these goals in the afternoons as well as discussing inlays and giving a presentation on her momentous body of work.
 Tempus Volare, jade by Deborah Wilson Elegance in Jade - Deborah Wilson 
Acclaimed contemporary jade and granite sculptor, Deborah will be offering a workshop in jade-specific carving and techniques. Her work reflects her love for organic forms and her ongoing interest in utilizing the characteristics that define this “stone of heaven.” A good selection of precut Canadian and US jades will be for sale to create small-scale sculpture and pendants.
Class limit is 10 people, so register early and watch your registration confirmation for details.
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Beginning Stone Sculpture - Ruth Mueseler and Tamara Buchanan
One of the most thriving areas of this symposium is the Beginner’s Tent where Ruth and Tamara annually welcome new carvers into the stone carving family with stellar individual instruction. The workshop provides each carver with everything they need; a table in the shade, a piece of limestone, and a wide array of tools to try out, with plenty of safety instruction. 

Ruth is a conglomerate of art education teacher, silversmith, art foundry worker and 26 year stone carving veteran. Her heartfelt work ranges from miniature to monumental. As an instructor, she is thoughtful and will engage you with humor and respect. 

Tamara has been sculpting for over 27 years. Featured in many shows throughout the West, her work has won several awards. She loves sharing the process of carving and has been teaching at her studio on Lopez Island for over 10 years

Workshop and Event  Schedule (subject to change)
Workshops Instructor Days      Evening Events Facilitator Evening
Elegance in Jade Deborah Wilson Mon-Fri Artist Presentation Candyce Garrett Sunday
Inner Metamorphoses Francesca Bernardini Sun-Sat Artist Presentation Francesca Bernardini Monday
Expect the Unexpected Candyce Garrett Sun-Sat General Assembly & BOD Meeting Carl Nelson Wednesday
Beginner's Stone Carving Ruth Mueseler & Tamara Buchanan Sun-Sat Scholarship Auction Al Mangold & Therese Dougherty Thursday
Clay Making Workshop Deborah Wilson & Pat Barton Wed Aft.   Dance Party! You, Me & the DJ Friday

Our Vendors

Neolithic Stone - Carries a wide range of sculptural quality stones & tools from around the world. 604-736-5201 or www.neolithicstone.com.
Marenakos - For your granite, basalt, sandstone, and limestone needs. Also supplying Trow & Holden tools. www.marenakos.com or 425-392-3313.
Carolyn Anderson’s Magic Fingers - Restore Alignment and health to stressed muscles. 360-698-2198.
Bronzestone - Various sizes of polished granite bases. www.bronzestonebases.com
Washington Jade - Supplying West Coast jade for sale. www.washingtonjade.com

Field Mentors

Most of our members have years if not decades of experience and have worked with various types of stone. If you desire individual guidance or support, field mentors will be available. All parties gain from the experience of sharing information.

Financial Aid & Work Study Positions
Aid is available for work-study and scholarships. For information contact Cyra Jane, Symposium Director, at 206-406-0711 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Work Study Application
Scholarship Application 

Special Thanks

Marenakos, Concut Diamond Products, Master Wholesale

Our Location
Pilgrim Firs Camp and Conference Center is located at 3318 SW Lake Flora Rd, Port Orchard, WA 98367

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