RENAISSANCE STONE CARVING STUDIO Intention: Contribute to the return of fine craftsmanship in stone-carving and other art-forms and fine crafts as an integral part of daily life in homes, gardens and businesses in a way that is affordable and accessible. Approach ~ What we can do for you: We favor a collaborative approach where we work directly with other design professionals and the home or business owners to create custom work that is specific to the people and the site where they live and/or work. Essentially, we can carve anything we draw. We can provide a full service of design, fabrication and installation and have close to 40 years experience in fine art Sculpture, Architecture and Construction. We have developed and continue to develop ways to create this work so that it is affordable and therefore more easily a part of a home, garden, landscape or business. Materials: We work primarily in calcium carbonate-based, sedimentary and metamorphic stone: marble, limestone and alabaster, which offer a huge variety in color, pattern, texture and luminosity. We can also integrate decorative and studio art with other materials such as bronze, wood, ceramics and glass. And we are always open to new ideas. Our Story: We met in the middle of nowhere in the autumn of 2007. We'd both arrived at a stone carving symposium in Jemez Springs, New Mexico: Sherry as a student, Edward (Ted) as an instructor. Neither of us were aware that here, in this redstone canyon pine forest, with no phone or internet service, we would meet the love of our life. Here at the base of the Valles Caldera, one of the largest dormant volcanoes in North America, is where our story together begins. Sherry's background since 1988 as a professional classical musician and portrait artist put her in a unique place as a student of stone sculpture. Ted's professional background in architecture had evolved between 1981 and 2001 to full time sculpture. In the Fall of 2007, both of us were in phases of profound life-changes and to our surprise and delight, found that we were meant for each other. We often ask ourselves about the odds of finding someone at that place who not only met us as a life partner, but who also had a passion for making stone sculpture. In the 21st century, as anachronistic as stone carving is, the odds are pretty close to zero. This reality has something to do with the first major sculpture Sherry made that Fall in Jemez Springs, her Bound Angel. Ever since we first met, we've been keenly aware of numinous benevolent forces. At this time, Sherry was living in Boulder, CO and Ted in Galisteo, NM and we spent the next five years traveling between those two places. We worked together in Ted's Galisteo studio, continued to grow our respective styles of sculpture and began to collaborate on other works, some of which were monumental in scale. We found that we made an excellent team in just about every dimension. Until then, neither of us had experienced such joy and it was often bewildering. How could we be so fortunate? Maybe angels? We announced our wedding plans in the Fall of 2014. Much happened in-between those times. The October, 2008 American economic crisis that began a year after we met appeared at first to be a disaster, especially for working artists. But the collapse of the art market in the US led us to exploring international sculpture symposia as a way to continue to make sculpture as well as income. Since 2010 we have traveled to Turkey many times; China and Greece for different symposia. Through these experiences we've not only continued to learn and refine our design and technique as sculptors, we've also become part of a world-wide community of artists. And in this community we've met many fascinating and talented people and have made some deep and lasting friendships. Perhaps the most angelic of these experiences occurred in Northern Greece during the Fall of 2013. To distill a long and delightful story, we were offered the opportunity to trade some of our sculpture for land near Thessaloniki, Greece, in sight of the Aegean Sea and Mount Olympus. We didn't hesitate and are currently designing a home and studio which we plan to start building by 2017. This home will be part of a new community of sculptors that we envision will be a re-birth of Pietrasanta, Italy where, in the past, so many artists lived and worked, supported and inspired each other. Our long-range vision is to live and work in both Agios Antonios, Greece and from our home and studios here in the United States. An abiding love and commitment to sculpture brought us together in 2007 and the same passion is carrying us forward into a life that is truly an adventure. Our sculpture is a direct reflection of this blessing and our hands directly connect this spirit to every carving we make. Background: Before the second World War and for millenia, sculpture and decorative carving, painting, metal work and many other fine arts and fine crafts were woven into the fabric of life. From something as simple as the outline of a leaf etched into a door-frame, to a monumental stone figure supporting the grand portal of a public building, art and the built environment were essentially one. Some of the more well known and relatively recent examples of this were the "Craftsman", "Art Deco" and "Art Nouveau" styles. And there were many other, older periods where art and architecture flourished together, including the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo periods in Europe with just as fertile eras in China, Southeast Asia and Anatolia and before that, ancient Rome, Greece, Egypt, Persia and Assyria (to name only a few). But since WWII, there has been a sharp division between the built environment and accessible art. The Modernist Movement has produced some truly remarkable art and architecture but is part of a larger pattern where, for the most part, these two disciplines have been separated, with art becoming more elitist and less available and understandable to the average person. We have a deep philosophical commitment to the rebirth and nurturing of the older art-forms and believe the time is long overdue for a return to the missing relationship between people and art. The connection between art and the built environment is a time-proven way for this to happen. Founders: The idea for and birth of Renaissance Stone Carving Studio came from two American stone sculptors, Sherry Tipton and Edward Fleming. For more information about them, please visit their websites: http://www.sherrytiptonsculpture.com and http://www.edwardfleming.net.