I’m back from my very memorable sculpture trip to China. For the first week, I was working with my Vancouver Sculpture Studio partner, Geemon Xin Meng, at a workshop in Quyang, about 200 km south of Beijing in Hebei province. This region is famous for its history of marble sculpture going back millennia, as well as for some of the worst air pollution in all of China.
I spent time prepping my maquettes that I had brought with me for enlargement into marble and I also tried my hand at sculpting directly into stone. Something new for me as up until now I had only sculpted directly in clay.
At work on my sculpture at the studio in Quyang. Lying all around are marble stones waiting to be made into sculptures. We were working in an open yard next to a busy road so I wore head, ear, eye and mouth protection all day! Gloves, too, usually if they didn’t get in the way of working on fine detail. (Quyang, China)