Alabaster Industry in Colorado
Opening Reception and Alabaster Carving Demonstration
Sunday, September 27, 1 – 3 pm
See the personal collection of vintage Colorado alabaster items from Fort Collins-based historian and author Jason Marmor. The growing collection, which will be donated to the Museum in the future, includes a wide variety of decorative and functional objects, most of which were made from locally sourced alabaster. Included in the collection are lamp bases, bookends, vases, powder jars, candlesticks, clocks, as well as souvenir salt & pepper shakers from a number of regional tourist destinations. While the Loveland Museum possesses a remarkable collection of alabaster items made by Loveland’s Proctor family, Marmor’s collection includes examples made by other companies and craftsmen working in Colorado and Wyoming during the heyday of the Colorado alabaster industry (c. 1933-1970). Vintage advertising materials from the alabaster industry will also be included in this exhibit.
Alabaster Carving Workshop
Saturday, March 5 & Sunday, March 6
10:30 am – 4:30 pm
FREE (supplies required)
Ages 15 +
Limited to 10 participants
Pre-registration is required
Learn the basics of stone carving, from design to tool techniques, from stone carver Laurie White.
This hands-on workshop is for all skill levels, and participants will need to bring their own tools and carving stone (supply list is provided below and costs approx. $75 – $100). During Saturday’s session, Laurie will guide you through evaluating the stone, learning to see the design “within” the stone, and blocking out the form to carve. The Sunday session will focus on carving your stone sculpture with your hand tools. Please bring your own lunch each day and dress ready to carve with close-toed shoes.
Tools and stones are available for purchase through Colorado Alabaster Supply in Fort Collins.
(1) flat 3/4″ medium chisel
(1) point chisel
(1) 5/8” tooth chisel, or other small tooth chisel
(1) lightweight carving hammer
A piece of stone to carve – should be alabaster or limestone less than 80 lbs. This can be purchased through Colorado Alabaster Supply or via the instructor at the workshop ($35 each at workshop)
A sketch or photo of a form you would like to carve – this is a starting point only and doesn’t need to be a finished drawing
Safety glasses, sand bags, chalk, particle masks, and sand paper will be provided.