Athar Jaber

Stone Talk

by Athar Jaber | 12 November 2023


“The statue is then beautiful when it begins to be incomprehensible, when it is passing out of criticism, and can no longer be defined by compass and measuring-wand, but demands an active imagination to go with it, and to say what it is in the act of doing.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


A series of six short podcast episodes where renowned British artist Antony Gormley discusses key sculptures and art installations of the 20th century. While they are all interesting, this episode is my favourite and the most in line with our passion for stone sculpture as Gormley discusses Constantin Brancusi‘s Endless Column.

Sculptor Spotlight: Alasdair Thomson

I’d like to regularly send a shout out to fellow sculptors who I believe are worth checking out. So, to begin this new tradition, I’d like to bring your attention to Alasdair Thomson. He’s a Scottish sculptor who uses marble to faithfully reproduce sneakers, clothing, and other everyday objects. Check out his work on his Instagram page and listen to this podcast to learn about his career and practice.


If you’re looking for a creative way to display your work outside the conventional art circuit dominated by art galleries, museums, curators and other taste-makers, this story might give you some inspiration.

The Economy of Marble

Perhaps not so entertaining but definitely insighftul financial information about our industry. According to TMR, the marble global market is estimated to reach a revenue of US$ 93.7 Billion by 2031. Read the full report.
Most interesting for me was to see how marble is applied in different forms by various industries and who are the main drivers and key players.


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I hope you enjoyed these points and that you learned something new.

Until next week,


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