Welcome to the 13th Annual Sax Stonecarving Workshops. This
summer we will offer TWO 7-DAY intensive courses. Our workshops are open to all levels of experience - from beginner to professional. We welcome everyone - men, women, young, old. Participants of all levels enjoy one-on-one instruction
in a supportive atmosphere and an unequalled opportunity to study with
the best instructors in the field. Class size is limited, so please register early to secure your place in the
class. For more information, please contact Mark Saxe at (505) 579-9179
Our workshops are sponsored in part by the Embudo Valley Arts Association, a non-profit organization
supporting the arts in our community.
Click here for a more detailed DESCRIPTION of the seven day workshop experience.
We are honored and excited to welcome for the sixth
time Guest Instructor NICHOLAS FAIRPLAY.
Fairplay is one of the most well-trained and talented carvers in the
world today, full of energy and with a great talent for teaching.
President and master artisan of Fairplay Stonecarvers, Fairplay
apprenticed at the age of 16 as a stonecarver in England, working on the
reproduction of carvings for medieval and classical buildings and
cathedrals. He studied life modeling and drawing at the City and Guilds
of London Art College, and after receiving his degree won a scholarship
to study architecture and sculpture in Rome. During his impressive
career, Nick has instructed students and carvers while working for the
Cathedral of St. John the Divine as head carver, at Cathedral Stoneworks
at Carnegie Mellon University, and at Agrell and Thorpe. Nick is a
member of the Association of Master Carvers in England, and is a
professional member of the Stone Carvers Guild in the US. He is the
subject of a documentary, Nicholas Fairplay: Stone Carver, and was a
consultant for the PBS documentary on Pyramid Construction.
Workshop Director and Founder, MARK
SAXE, will share his vast knowledge of contemporary abstract
sculpture, with a focus on harder stone. Saxe draws upon his years of
experience as a quarrier, fabricator, letterer, and carver to give his
work a spontaneous and fluid quality only achievable by one who has
developed a long respectful relationship with his medium. In addition to
owning SOUTHWEST STONEWORKS in New Mexico
for 35 years, Saxe is the Director and Founder of Sax Stonecarving
Workshops, now in their 12th year, and is stonecarving instructor at the
University of New Mexico, Taos. In numerous private collections, his
work is influenced by Noguchi, Chillida, and William Edmondson. He is
represented by LewAllen Contemporary in Santa Fe.
SUMMER SESSION TWO 2013
August 10 - 16, 2013
TRADITIONAL and CONTEMPORARY CARVING
We are delighted and honored to introduce this year's instructor, FRED X. BROWNSTEIN. Fred has 40 years experience carving marble sculpture. He lived and worked in Italy for 16 years - from 1975 through 1991. During his time in Italy, he studied figure drawing with Signiorina Nerina Simi in Florence and was an apprentice for four years in the sculpture studio of Enzo Pasquini in Querceta. There he learned the traditional Italian carving techniques from two master craftsmen, Vencenzo Donati and Sirio de Ranieri. His fourth year was spent as a smodellatore working for Signor Pasquini carving copies of classical sculpture.
Since 1991, Fred has lived in Vermont. He has extensive teaching experience, including ten years at the Carving Studio and ten years at Chesterwood Museum. He has taught workshops at both Scottsdale Artists School and Brookgreen Gardens. He was also an adjunct professor of sculpture for five years at The Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. He is a Fellow member of the National Sculpture Society and Professional level member of the Stone Carvers Guild. His resume includes both public and private commissions as well as numerous exhibitions. Fred is a working professional sculptor specializing in figurative marble sculpture. Most of his current work is done on request by commission, but he still takes time to create new sculpture for exhibit and sale. About his work Fred writes, "My goal is to make contemporary marble sculpture with traditional techniques. I believe that any good artist must first be a good craftsman."
Workshop director, Mark Saxe, took a class from Fred in 2000 in Vermont at the Carving Studio, and this experience was one of the inspirations for founding the Sax Stonecarving Workshops in 2001. We have wanted to have Fred as an instructor for years, and could not be more excited to bring him to our class this year!
workshop will be held at SOUTHWEST STONEWORKS in RINCONADA, NEW
MEXICO (between Santa Fe and Taos).
Class tuition in the summer sessions includes one cubic
foot of limestone. (Other stones are also available at very
reasonable prices, and a comparably priced stone can be substituted for
the limestone.) Lunch each day is included with summer sessions