Alene, ID, USA
2014 Entry – Brown Bear in Profile
1.8 x 3.5 x 9 cm
Jade from exposure of vein deposit near Darrington, Washington
The natural ridges of the piece inspired me to create a sculpture that preserved these small, natural structures of the jade. This piece was from the surface exposure, and the altered nature of the jade at the surface can be seen in the lower right portion of the sculpture where it is light green and separating into thin layers. A brown bear’s hair is a perfect texture to blend into and preserve part of the natural ridged surface of this piece of jade.
The base is a fine grained black metamorphic rock from the west beach of Whidbey Island, WA. It was reported to be a piece of black jade, but clearly it is not. A sterling silver peg helps support the sculpture.