Sam Bates

I enjoy the challenge of creating within the rigorous discipline of stone and glass carving. Using hand-held diamond-edged and garnet abrasive lapidary tools I create incised and bas relief carvings in unusually fine-grained hard stone (metamorphic and volcanic) and crystal-grade glass. Wall pieces, tabletops, small carvings, outdoor sculptures and architectural installations are all represented in my constantly growing portfolio of glass and stone artwork, as well as the fine hardwood wood and steel frames, cabinetry and furniture that help to integrate the artwork into any home or public space .
    Exploring the intrinsic parallels between natural form and abstract design is a vital part of my work. Capturing fleeting moments of life in enduring stone and ethereal glass can reawaken our sense of the paradoxical nature of time and life.