I remember years ago stumbling upon Rodin’s "Burghers of Calais. I walked around it for a long, long time. I was mesmerized and blown away by the power of it. I also thought, how fun it would be to make something like that.  So, i started studying.   First, was water-based clay at adult education  locations, then oil-based clay on my own, then a little mold making and some casting.  During these years I also found stone.  I started with limestone, then marble and even granite.  Stone sculpture - the perfect mix of courageous action, physical exertion, intense observation and focused contemplation. Can you think of a better way to spend a day – I think not!   As i learned from the great John Fisher (Giovanni Pescatore) , sometimes its better not to have a plan.  Just take off30% of the stone in a relax but aesthetic way and with careful observation, your path will become clear.  I know it sounds cliche, but its true and it works.  Many of my stone sculptures start  without any plan at all.


I have come to love everything about the sculptural process. Its fulfilling and fun. If I make something that others enjoy and gives them some pleasure, then all the better!

Thanks to Thomas Berger, a great granite sculptor in Kittery, Maine  (https://www.thomasbergersculpture.com/ ) for all your help and a lot of good times!   


David Adilman

Andover, MA  

781 249-8491