Samuel H. Bates
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  • Evans, WA
  • United States
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Organization or Business Name
Stone and Glass by Samuel Bates
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Art Interests
Architecture, Art History, Drawing, Education, Furniture, Glass Arts, Iconography, Installation, Liturgical Design, Photography, Public Art, Sculpture, Theology
Artist / Personal Statement
I am a second generation stone carver. Custom carving, artwork, and design have been my full-time professional occupation since the age of 17, and they have been my sole employment for the last 14 years.

Exploring the intrinsic parallels between natural form and abstract design is a vital part of my work. Capturing fleeting moments of natural beauty in this most enduring medium can reawaken our sense of the paradoxical nature of time: the evanescence of the visible world points to the unseen, and ultimately to the eternal,

Using hand-held diamond-edged and garnet abrasive lapidary tools, I create incised and bas relief carvings in clear glass and in unusually hard fine-grained stone (metamorphic and volcanic) which I prospect and hand-select all over North America. When furniture building I work primarily Black Walnut and American Ash in conjunction with custom steel fittings to make simple yet organically integrated bases for my table-top carvings.

With the stone in particular, my approach to the material itself is collaborative, allowing the artwork to be informed by the unique characteristics of each individual stone.

Glass provides the unique opportunity to create artwork in a medium that is essentially invisible accept for the imagery itself... like drawing with light on thin air. It must be the closest thing to creating something out of nothing that a visual artist can experience. Glass can allow for painterly and impressionistic effects, as different textures are chosen to catch the light.

I enjoy collaborating with customers and patrons of the arts to create unique custom wall pieces, architectural installations, furniture, and landscape monuments. I display my work nationally at a shifting selection of venues from coast to coast, as well as here in the North West and adjacent regions of Canada close to my home north of Spokane Washington. Visitors to my rural studio are welcome by appointment.

The challenge of creating completely original images within the rigorous disciplines of stone and glass carving endlessly renews my dedication to creating collaborative custom artworks that will stand the test of time: many of my installations have the potential to last for millennia. All of my designs are original."
Accomplishments / CV
12 plus years of full time self employment as a commission artist, for privates patrons, churches, retreat centers, businesses, hospitals, and colleges. I feel a special sense of accomplishment every time a publicly visible installation is completed. I believe that art should "preach the Gospel always", even when it is not imagery with an overtly religious theme.

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video link - glass installation

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 10:54am 0 Comments

Here is a direct link to the multi-layer carved glass video.

"Dewdrop World" 5 layers of dynamically illuminated carved glass

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 10:00pm 0 Comments

This  preview video (see link at end of post)  shows 5 sheets of carved glass, with integrated dynamic lighting. The design is all original and everything in it is imaginary, but resonant with reality in a dream-like sort of way (I hope!). The design is made to suggest multiple storylines, and not all portions of the image are necessarily taking place at the same time.... This video is less than 5 minutes long, a time-lapse of a program that is actually about 20 minutes long. It is set…


a small but meaningful commission

Posted on October 4, 2014 at 5:15pm 0 Comments

This is a crystal wedding cake topper that I just shipped out to some folks in the Seattle area. It has a wood base specially designed to link into the doweling structure inside the cake, and it is accented with 24 karat gold leaf details. I enjoyed working with the mythic theme:…


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