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Tony Viney

My plates are made from Purbeck stone, which is Jurassic and when polished reveals the many and various fossilised remains of creatures who have sunk in their thousands to the bottom of some fresh water lagoon about 125 million years ago. Purbeck has a great variety of beds of stone. I use about eight of them ranging from Purbeck Marble which is dark blue-green with a mass of very small fossils to the Spangle bed which is biscuit coloured and contains much larger fossils including huge ammonites and dinosaur footprints.

The art of turning stone is age old, but it has been revolutionised by the cutting power of diamonds.  Many of the techniques which I use I have had to invent. My plates and bowls are often as thin as a ceramic and their delicacy makes them suitable for use in the home. I use decoration sparingly often exploiting the contrast between the rough natural material and its polished appearance although I sometimes etch into the polish or engrave simple edging decoration.  Stone plates are as durable as pottery ones and if they are protected from acid such as fruit juices are good to last for a few more million years to come.

 
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