Soap Stone Carving Class ~ Eagle Head with Eric
Don’t miss this unique opportunity. Eric and his partner are makers of many things. He has great wisdom and many stories to share.
Soap Stone Eagle Head with Eric
Eric G. Martin is a North American Native of the Mohawk and Chippewa tribes of Six Nations Reserve, near Brantford, Ontario, Canada.
His Native name is Gwiish Koshi Nodinin (Whispering Windz) member of the Bear Clan.
He is a self-taught artist who began stone carving in 1996, creating stone sculptures from soapstone, marble, alabaster, gypsum and limestone. He also works with antlers, bone, wood, metals, precious and semiprecious stone, and sometimes ice!
His work includes pipe making and ink printing.
Eric’s art can be found in private and public collections world-wide; most notably he has a carving in Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto in their public, permanent viewing collection. He also has a wampum belt in the Harbor Village Museum Collection in Grove, Oklahoma. His work can be found on the cover page design of Native Foods the Native Way book for the Ontario Agri-Food Education and Indian Agricultural Program of Ontario. The Six Nations Post Office uses a cancellation stamp of a Tree of Peace, which he designed.
You can find his current projects on Facebook and Instagram https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100013847689245
Your project material will be Brazilian Soapstone. The colors of this stone are typically grey, brown, tan, cream and occasionally some green. Your carving will be slightly roughed out, you can expect your finished piece to be roughly 3-4″ tall. Eric will discuss tools, his approach, proper use of the tools, the finishing and sealing process of the stone. Included in Eric’s class: some spiritual stories and traditions of his culture. I always learn so much when visiting with him in the store.
A knife will be required for this class and a dust mask is suggested, we will supply the files and sand paper.
This Class will be held Sunday, April 7th 2024 from 10am-4pm.
Registration deadline is April 1st as material preparations are required.