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About Alabaster

What is Alabaster Stone?

Alabaster-stone is part of the geology of this planet.  It’s about the history of water on this planet because it’s the evaporite of the old inland seas.  I call it ‘petrified water’ because it has the qualities of water – it’s soft, translucent, flowing.  Color is the result of minerals leaching down into the evaporite.

Pink Face with Rose Quartz Eyes Alabaster Carving

We humans have always used the materials of the Earth with the creative process. Alabaster is the stone that can be carved with another stone, securing its history as an ancient human material.  Our lives and art are based on our connection to and love of the Earth.  “Illumined Earth” is what our carving is about!

Inspired by this ancient water evaporite, a common stone and part of the geology of our planet, we preserve and elevate the beauty of the Alabaster by working this material with our hands just as ancient, indigenous peoples have done for thousands of years.

Alabaster Stone Art

To know more about Alabaster Stone Art, visit alabaster.net or call 928-567-2281 for more information.

Transformation Process Of Alabaster Stone

Alabaster Stone

Turning an Alabaster stone into a unique work of art does not happen in an instant. From the time of gathering the material going to the craftsman’s studio, there are many processes the raw material has to go through.

Taking the “bark” off the raw stone in order to carve a window into the interior of the piece comes first.  The piece reveals what it might like to become, a bowl, a container, a flower, a face by its shape and size.  Saws are occasionally used along with a variety of abrasive sanding tools to shape the Alabaster until the final hand sanding process is arrived at.

Once the piece is close to a finish other treatments are done to enhance the features of the stone. Waxing is done to give the stone a brighter appeal. Protective treatments such as application of paraffin or whale oil or Vaseline are done as well. Application of colorless varnish is also common in order to give more protection to the stone.

Lavendar-Mauve Alabaster Rose

Alabaster Stones Designs

There are highly intricate designs produced in pieces of alabaster stones. Some of which are the beautiful Roses and Flower alabaster carvings found in the gallery of Carved American Alabasters. Roses are the most popular of these creations, pieces that radiate the softness and intricacy of real ones. Requiring impressive craftsmanship, the Alabaster stones are turned into soft and illuminating pieces, creating an illusion to its viewers that they are looking at real flowers. For more information about these intricate pieces, visit their website at http://www.alabaster.net.