What kinds of
rock do you use to make your statuary figures?
We use several kinds of
rock to make our figures.
Granite is a somewhat soft
rock that has a grainy texture and often looks like it has
freckles. The colors are usually "earthy". It
can have interesting small depressions that add character to
Quartzite is hard and very smooth.
It has a wide variety of colors, ranging from peach or red
to green, purple, or blue.
to find. It is also very smooth, but instead of having
spherical shapes it is flat. It is usually dark
reddish brown or black in color.
How do you
decide whether to apply the high gloss glaze finish to the
rocks or to leave them natural?
When we begin selecting
individual stones for any piece, we spray the stones with
water. This shows us what the color will be when
glazed. We can then decide whether it will be more
appropriate as a natural stone or whether it will be more
attractive with its color enhanced by the glaze finish.
See Rockin' Frog photographs
for examples of rocks and finishes.
much do your pieces weigh?
The pieces vary in weight
depending upon their size. For example, a small rabbit
or a small dog will weigh about 5 pounds, a medium rabbit or
other animal about 10 to 12 pounds, while a large turtle or
very large frog might weigh as much as 25 pounds.