After getting my results back for the ‘free form’ assignment I moved on to the next challenge on my CJA10 Jade & Hard Stone Carving course. This time we were required to produce 4 ‘asymmetric drops’ and to present 2 for assessment. Asymmetric? OK! Piece has balance but no symmetry.
I took a few lessons from my last assignment in that I had tried to run before I had learned how to walk, (or perhaps crawl before I could walk?) I had probably over-designed some of my first efforts despite the two assessment pieces- this oneand this onebeing pretty basic and largely lacking in any ‘intricacies’.
This time I consciously ‘stuck with the plan’ and used the KISS principle, our tutor indicating that these first challenges are more about the tools than they are about the design and learning how the various point-carving attachments and sanding/polishing tools work and interact with the stone.
This piece made from Marsden jade is one of my assessment pieces because I think it conforms with the design criteria, but I just love the colours!!
This is also a piece made from Marsden- simple although getting the curve right across the face was the main hurdle- think I did it!I’m using this as my other assessment piece. It’s a nice simple form made from NZ jade. I am pleased with the simple form and have developed nice curves on front and rear.
This is a nice piece of Polar jade from British Columbia- nice colour and picturesque speckles inside feature in the translucence.
I didn’t stop there but also made this pendant.It is a wee bit special because there’s a story that goes with it! When my wife and I moved into our new home several years ago there was a large green stone door stop in the lounge. I always wondered whether it was there because it was greenstone or just a green stone. We cut it the other day and this is what was inside! Lovely buttery yellow Marsden stone with a wide variety of other colours- greens , blues, pinks, browns. I am delighted that this stone has proven to be ‘proper’ jade.
Oh, by the way- I got 88% for my free forms!! Did OK!!