“Each crystal we work with is selected for its inherent beauty and with care is meticulously crafted to radiate light.”
Lawrence Stoller is an internationally recognized, award-winning lapidary artist and sculptor.
He pioneered the art of sculpting spectacular mega-gems, including several of the largest gemstone sculptures in existence. His body of work also includes large and small crystal sculptures, hand-held crystals, crystal pendants, custom furniture and custom sculptures by request.
His work can be found in numerous private art collections and has been featured in shows and galleries in the United States, from Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles to Fifth Avenue in New York, as well as many international shows.
His museum exhibitions include the Furstman Institute of Mineralogy in Moscow, Russia, the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art in Elhurst, Illinois, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History.
"We begin a relationship, the crystal and I, committing to the work of finding its highest expression."
The large-scale, one-of-a-kind crystal installations and artworks by Lawrence Stoller CrystalWorks
Lawrence's background is one of an adventurer. He's sailed between nations on small wooden boats and explore the Tibetan mountains of Mt. Everest. He perpetual search for crystals has taken him to every continent, into caves, up mountains, down jungle rivers and across deserts in his exploration for magnificent stones.
An avid horseman and endurance athlete, Lawrence Stoller and his wife Sunni live, work, and teach in the shadows of the spectacular Three Sisters Mountains in Bend, Oregon.
In Lawrence's own words,
"I have stretched the dimensions of gem cutting, pioneering tools and techniques that have led me to cut many of the worlds largest gem crystals. With these mineralogical treasures I take meticulous care to respect the marvelous symmetry nature has endowed, to reveal undisturbed scenery that formed millions of years ago. Thus preserving a living record of history's frozen light. I work in service of the crystals.
I have cut thousands of crystals. Each crystal is unique and has its own unique energy. When cut, the different angle configurations will change the way the energy moves. While some crystals should not be cut because they are wonderful in their natural state, many can be enhanced with cutting that adheres to the nature of that particular crystal. In the same way a crystal can be improperly cut thus denuding it of its resonating potential."
In 2003, Lawrence Stoller completed a commission for American Express, creating the centerpiece of the 9/11 “Eleven Tears Memorial”, located across the street from ground zero.
The making of the American Express 9/11 memorial by Lawrence Stoller CrystalWorks
Lawrence Stoller's collaborative work “Bahia”, stands as a cornerstone of the museum collection at the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, CA.
Bahia: A magnificent 426 lbs. rutilated quartz crystal sculpture, playfully referred to as ‘the world’s largest pendant’.
Each Lawrence Stoller sculpture is a one-of-a-kind piece of art that will stand the test of time as an heirloom collectable. Custom sculptures are available upon request.
Lawrence Shares His Relationship With Each Crystal
“We begin a relationship, the crystal and I, committing to the work of finding its highest expression. Before we begin working, I connect by touching and exploring, examining the history of its worn and broken surfaces peeking inside where its beauty lies still. I admire it. The inspiration is combustible.
We agree about the work to be done, and I envision a blueprint of its potential form. I won’t make a cut until I feel a “yes” fill my body, clearing me to proceed. To change the state a stone that has been in for millions of years can be daunting, yet also serious fun. It is my task to elicit beauty from matter. The crystal trusts me. Beauty is the primal force, emanating from, and amplified by, the crystal. I focus on activating the flow and force of beauty.”
Quotes by Lawrence Stoller taken from
- His gorgeous book "FROZEN LIGHT, THE ETERNAL BEAUTY OF CRYSTALS"*. Available from a variety of booksellers.
- His blog.
*Copyright © 2007 Lawrence Stoller. All rights reserved.