JADE. Even the word conjures up images of remote mountains lost in time, and rivers emerging out of misty valleys. YU, as jade is called in Chinese, has maintained its mystery over millennia and is enjoying a well deserved revival. Amongst all the jade aficionados, including miners, hunters, dealers, collectors and carvers, the last group is afforded the best opportunity to truly feel and experience intimately the timeless magic and mystery of Jade.
Jade’s importance and meaning to the Chinese culture are best expressed by the saying: "Gold has a value, Jade is invaluable” and this reference to the Stone of Heaven dates back to the time of Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC) who assigned 11 virtues to jade.
The virtue I feel the most affinity with is the one that speaks of “. . . blemishes and interior flaws show themselves through the transparency, call to mind sincerity and will not obscure its merits and beauty”. Throughout my whole sculpting career, I have been interested in stones with character, created by inherent flaws and variations, perhaps as a reflection of my compassion for human imperfections and my endeavor to find deeper beauty in all things that transcends the outer form. And THAT, to me, should be the calling of an artist.
Welcome to my Jade Art virtual Gallery.
My real world sculpture studio might be somewhat chaotic, but a Gallery should be clean and well organized for ease of overview and navigation. These jade creations are categorized according to media and function, unlike on my main website www.Schmerholz.com where the range of works are organized by subject matter. Although not totally new to creating with the Stone of Heaven, it is only in the last 3 years that I have immersed myself completely in the beauty of Jade, and become inspired and fully committed. Every creation is special, unique, and meaningful, and each piece has a story that enhances its appreciation. Enjoy, and please contact me if you have any questions, comments, or wish to have me create something special for you.