Stone carver Sandy Cline to teach at gem show 2011.06.02

Written by David Green.

Well-known stone carving artist Sandy Cline will show his work and offer soapstone carving classes at the annual State Line Gem and Mineral Society show this weekend at the Fulton County Fairgrounds.

The show, “Rockin’ for 50 Years,” celebrates the group’s 50th anniversary and runs Friday through Sunday. Cline’s classes are scheduled Friday and Saturday. For information, call 517/263-1669.

Cline is known as a strong supporter of the arts and taught sculpture at the Haliburton School of Fine Arts in Ontario for 19 years. Seven years ago he began leading five-day workshops at the William Holland School of Lapidary in Young Harris, Ga. The Ontario resident presents seminars are various art schools in Canada and the United States.

Cline takes raw pieces of soapstone and transforms them into a variety of creations. All of his pieces are said to possess a distinct personality that represent wildlife native to his home area.

“Although my studio is in the wilds of Burleigh, Ontario, I feel that the world is at my fingertips,” he said. “Over the past 36 years, my work has traveled to almost every country in the world.”

  “Each piece I make is a statement. I feel I am leaving behind little pieces of me and how I feel, embedded in the sculpture,” he says. “You have to learn to work with the stone, if you try to force it into something it doesn’t want to be, it will break. You become one with the sculpture, and you can feel that it is right.”

Cline says there is a living aspect to every piece of art, and the artist develops a special relationship with the objects created.

See more of Cline’s work at

Educational demonstrations are planned throughout the weekend including geode cracking, cabochon cutting, silver casting, flint knapping, beading, wire wrapping, spool knitting, faceting and glass fusing.

Rock, mineral, fossil and crystal collections will be on display and dealers will be on hand. Children’s activities are also scheduled, along with door prizes and a raffle.

The show will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Friday; from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. A raffle is scheduled at  2 p.m. Sunday.

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