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Finger Bowl / 1314 Winter Collection / Colorado Yule Marble

16 x 9 x 29” / 40.2 lbs / SN 14 02 01 / $4,200

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'Finger Bowl' by MARTIN COONEY, Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture, 1314 Winter Collection

The day was as bitterly cold as any early January day I can recall during my ten-plus years here in Woody Creek,   as I worked to dislodge the rock hard frozen block of Colorado Yule Marble that was to become Finger Bowl,   from the  of iron-hard grip of months-long frozen ground.    However long I stared at it,   and whichever way I looked at it,   this old long abandoned quoin posed a challenge.    Meanwhile,   the snow continued to fall.   Much energy had been spent prying this L-shaped piece from the concrete hard ground, and there was still much to do, to get this reluctant material off the ground and into my studio workshop.   But, the Show Must Go On,  Rocky Mountain Winter Blizzard or no Rocky Mountain Blizzard.     During the carving process I became aware of a developing seascape within the bowl’s markings.    For a while I thought of Finger Bowl by the alternate title of ‘Sea Mist’… the bowl’s markings provoke images of a lonely ship’s lookout view as his vessel glides across a fog-banked sea.    Finger Bowl weighs in at 40.2 lbs, approximately one tenth of the block I wrenched from the frozen ground with crowbars.  I knew when I was carving Finger Bowl that an identical piece lay outside under the snow awaiting its own transformation, therefore by the time I completed this piece I would know exactly what to expect from the other side of the L-shaped quoin that I had split in such a way as to provide to roughly equal and contrasting halves, which comes to explain just how Birth of a Guin came into being.


As with Birth of a Guin, Finger Bowl’s geological twin, Finger Bowl is light, portable, and carved for full immersion in the real world.   And so, moving him from one place to another,  as with all my Hand Carved Marble Bowls,   is simply a combination of advanced planning, concentration, and confidence.   Put it this way – if you have ever carried a toddler, you can handle Finger Bowl, or Birth of a Guin, that’s for sure.

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