Marcia Robinson-Rouse

Since I was six years old and thought playing with my father’s soldering gun was the best

thing on the planet, I have loved experimenting with different materials….leaves from a

tree, sticks, fabric, paper, pencils and paints…attempting to create what I saw around me.

      My passion is still creating, but at a much deeper, more spiritual level. In my work I attempt

to capture various feelings and emotions - joy, love, strength, courage, and grace - the

essence of the feminine, into each piece. My hope is to enhance peoples’ lives through my

creativity and to bring joy, inspiration, or a sense of peace and healing through my art.

      Watercolor was my chosen medium for creative expression until 1996 when a friend

introduced me to stone carving. I immediately fell in love with the exhilaration and the

mystery of working in stone. Two years later, I was invited to participate in a month long

marble carving workshop in Italy with an internationally renowned stone carver. This

experience was life changing for me, and after returning, I began my journey as a profession


      In beginning a new stone sculpture, I have no preconceived idea of the subject. Instead, my

work revolves around an intuitive connection with the stone. Using my hammer and chisel,

and working slowly by hand, I stop frequently to look at the piece from all angles, until an

image begins to appear. I then use my air hammer, chisels, and power tools to give more

detail and design to the form. The finishing process involves sanding by hand with six to

eight different grades of sand paper; first dry, then with water to smooth and polish the

piece. Depending on the size of the piece, this process can take weeks or months from the

beginning of the piece to the completion.

      When I am beginning a new piece in clay, my approach is the opposite. Inspiration comes

from a phrase, an emotion, or the symbolism of a particular object or animal. I then

attempt to envision what that would look like three dimensionally, and begin to build on that

concept, adding layers of clay to create the piece. The sculptures are then glazed, fired, and

finished with layers of metallic paints.

      All pieces can also be created in limited edition bronze or cast marble sculptures of varying