Soapstone Carvings
by
Vicki Sherwood

Here are some photographs of the soapstone sculptures that I have made over the past 4 or 5 years.
Working with soapstone is very interesting. The shape or object has to be in the stone, sort of wanting to get out. The stone for "Fat Cat" sat there and I could almost hear it say "Meow". Sometimes shapes just seem to happen as you work - like the whale tail in "Waves". "Pink Lady" was intended to be slim and willowy but turned out solid and motherly, standing firm against the storm. It makes working with the stone exciting - you never know what surprises are in store.

 

Soapstone
green loon

Loon - light green soapstone - 8 inches long

dark green eagle

Eagle - dark green soapstone - 4 inches high

pink lady front view

Pink Lady (front)
rose pink soapstone - 8 1/2 inches high
 

pink lady back view

Pink Lady (back - the stone has lovely colour variations)
rose pink soapstone - 8 1/2 inches high

white cat front view

Fat Cat (Kim & Rory wanted a cat. This one won't eat the birds.)
almost pure white soapstone - 8 1/2 inches high

white cat from side

Fat Cat - looking decidedly overweight
almost pure white soapstone - 8 1/2 inches high

Waves 1 from front

Waves (from front - this is the side I usually like best)
dark green soapstone - 12 inches long x 6 inches high
 
 

Waves 1 from back

Waves (from back - Kim insists this is the best side)
dark green soapstone - 12 inches long x 6 inches high
The resemblance to a whale tail was not planned; it just happened.

Waves 1 from end

Waves (end-on)

Waves 2 from front

Waves 2 (from front) - light green soapstone - 9 inches long x 6 inches high
 

Waves 2 from back

Waves 2 (from back)
The markings in the stone said water, but it didn't work as well as the first waves stone.

Geometric stone from front

GeoStone (from front) - dark green soapstone
12 inches high x 5 inches wide x 4 inches deep

Geometric stone from back

GeoStone (from back)
 
 

Geometric stone from side

GeoStone (from side)
 
 

white pelican from front

Pelican (from front) - white soapstone
11 inches high x 6 inches wide

white pelican from side

Pelican (from side)
I intended to make a sleeping heron but...

eagle and nest with egg

Black soapstone - 7 1/2 inches x 4 1/2 inches high by eskimo artist Henry Anauta 1979
My inspiration to start soapstone carving

 

January 31, 2004
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