Title:  Symbols

Year work was completed: 2016

Form: Coffee Table

Materials: Black Diamond by Richlite. Made from 100% FSA Certified recycled paper.  "Old stock" Jasper from panels that have been in storage since 1974 and Eastern Red Cedar      (Juniper) and Western White Cedar for inlays.

Construction:  Laminated Black Diamond Richlite legs with tenons into the top. The skirt is laminated to the top and tenoned into the legs.

Size:  Length 49” x Width 20” x height 20”

Philosophy: We designed the coffee table to be a functional piece of artwork where the deep black of the Black Diamond Richlite would accentuate the vibrant red and white hues of the jasper stones that have been inset into mortises in an “Abstract Expressionism” influenced assemblage of abstracted Native American Symbols to include Mountains, Sun, Rain, Lightning, and Crossing Paths. These symbols were chosen because they represent elements of the sky and earth as well as life’s journey. We chose the two varieties of cedar, the Eastern Red Cedar, which is actually a Juniper, because they were revered by the Native American Cultures for their powerful cleansing and medicinal qualities. We chose one variety from the East and one from the West as a unifying symbol of our country and its people. The use of Richlite and the reclaimed “old stock” jasper mosaic pieces follows LEED Certifications, Green Practices, and Best Practices.

Exhibitions: The coffee table will have its debut at the Western Design Conference in September 2106.

Effort: The layout and fabrication of the coffee table required 120 hours to complete and approximately 30 square feet of Richlite and nearly 3 square feet of jasper.

Meaning or Importance of Material: The following information is from Wikipedia- Jasper, an aggregate of microgranular quartz and/or chalcedony and other mineral phases, is an impure variety of silica, usually red yellow, brown or green. The common red color is due to iron inclusions. The mineral aggregate breaks with a smooth surface and is used for ornamentation or as a gemstone. It can be highly polished and is used for vases, seals, and snuff boxes. The specific gravity of jasper is typically 2.5 to 2.9. Along with heliotrope (bloodstone), jasper (green with red spots) is one of the traditional birthstones for March. Jaspilite is a banded iron formation rock that often has distinctive bands of jasper.

The following information is from Robyn A. Harton: Known as the "Nurturing Stone," Jasper is commonly found worldwide, but particularly in the western USA. Jasper is known metaphysically as a stone of gentleness, comfort, and relaxation. Jasper has other facets to its energy properties, too, such as prosperity, gardening, and agriculture. Historically these were related concepts when wealth was more often counted in agricultural and pastoral terms, but jasper does have prosperity vibrations in other areas as well.

Jasper is used for bringing beauty into life and specific situations. Beauty brought by jasper can be striking inner beauty as well as external beauty. Jasper balances yin/yang energies. In the mental and emotional realms, Jasper is primarily about peace and relaxation. This helps bring in wholeness, emotional healing, kindness, and comfort. Smoothing out and enhancing mental processes is another quality of jasper. This can help in all mental endeavors whether it be learning, work, or something else requiring mental effort.

The following information is from Crystal Vaults:  The unique artistry of Jasper is that of Nature itself - golden sunshine, a nighttime sky, poppy fields or a deep green forest, desert sands, the undulating ocean, red rock canyons, sweeping mountains.  A stone of physical strength and energy, Red Jasper stimulates gently and steadily, enhancing stamina and endurance, and increasing the amount of chi, or life force, in one’s aura. It is a stone of health and passion, and brings the courage to face unpleasant tasks and to rectify unjust situations. It provides vivid dream recall, and is a powerful stone for those who work with Earth energies to make a deep connection with Earth spirits and guardians of the leys and sacred sites. 

The following information is from Ted Andrews, Nature-Speak: Cedars have a fragrance that is cleansing and protecting. It has been used in rituals and ceremonies to prepare a person or area. Native Americans use it for purification properties. Cedar is a tree whose spirit and essence will strengthen and enhance any inner potentials of the individual. This is a tree tied to strong healing energies. Its energies cleanse the auric field, especially at night while the individual sleeps. It helps the individual to balance the emotional and mental bodies and can stimulate dream activity, which brings inspiration and calm. Do we need to be more protective of our environment? Do we need to cleanse some area of our life? Cedars will help us to do so.