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Former Bricklayer Turns Stones Into Works Of Art
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Former Bricklayer Turns Stones Into Works Of Art

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Johnny Clasper from Yorkshire, UK went from being a bricklayer to an established stonemason by rejecting the idea of a single path. He turns stones and rocks into anything ranging from patios to innovative sculptures and captivating mosaics.

Since an early age Clasper, now 38, loved practical subjects like pottery, woodworking, and metalwork. He didn’t translate those skills into good grades until he went to college to study brickworking: “At last something I really wanted to learn and really enjoyed doing.”

“My passion for stone takes me in many different directions, as I reject any boundaries to my work and I remain passionate about the work I do,” Clasper writes on his website. “If stone can be brought to life maybe it could become fluidic and flow like water would?”

More info: johnnyclasper.co.uk | Facebook (h/t: everwideningcircles, harrogate-news, stoneartblog)

 

 

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MikeFuller
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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Your work is beautiful. Do you use any cement in your vertical walls or do you dry lay?

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DonaldFrazell
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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nice decorative works, but why would it be considered art when others like Nuestro Pueblo are denigrated as "folk"art? http://www.wattstowers.org/

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Maggie Ball
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Pueblo is considered an Outsider Art (which is not a denigration). It simply means a self directed artist, typically untrained in an academic sense but, no less “art”. The person who wrote this article could have easily labeled the stonemason’s work “outsider”. I certainly refer to Pueblo’s work as Art. This kind of artwork has no particular “style” in terms of art historical definition, hence, it is “outside” of tradition yet certainly Art. Hope this helps.

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MikeFuller
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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Your work is beautiful. Do you use any cement in your vertical walls or do you dry lay?

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DonaldFrazell
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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nice decorative works, but why would it be considered art when others like Nuestro Pueblo are denigrated as "folk"art? http://www.wattstowers.org/

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Maggie Ball
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Pueblo is considered an Outsider Art (which is not a denigration). It simply means a self directed artist, typically untrained in an academic sense but, no less “art”. The person who wrote this article could have easily labeled the stonemason’s work “outsider”. I certainly refer to Pueblo’s work as Art. This kind of artwork has no particular “style” in terms of art historical definition, hence, it is “outside” of tradition yet certainly Art. Hope this helps.

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