"Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention,
sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents
the wise choice of many alternatives, the cumulative experience of many
masters of craftsmanship. Quality also marks the search for an ideal after
necessity has been satisfied and mere usefulness achieved."
- John Ruskin (1819-1900)
"What I strive most to achieve in art is to make
you forget the material. The sculptor must...
communicate whatever struck his sensibility,
so that a person beholding his work
may experience in its entirety the emotion
felt by the artist while he observed nature."
- Medardo Rosso (1858 - 1928)
"There is no substitute for feeling the stone, the metal, the plaster, or the wood in the hand; to
feel its weight; to feel its texture; to struggle with it in the world rather than in the mind alone."
- William M. Dupree
"Sculpture is the art of the hole and the lump."
- Auguste Rodin (1840 - 1917)
"Ultimately, if the market becomes the primary incentive for creative energy and the development of these
objects [turnings], the actual aesthetic development will most likely not develop or progress in pure form."
- David Ellsworth