Minor Arts

Improving Icon Carving Through Drawing

unfinished charcoal drawing of St-Mamas by the author, 22.5 x 28.25" based on a famous Georgian repoussé.

One of the complex questions that faces modern icon carving is the pervasive presence of the painted icon within the tradition of iconography.   For many reasons which I hope to write about in the future, icon carving became a somewhat…

The Altar and The Portico (pt.2): Gallery Art

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THE SACRED AND THE SECULAR The Relationship of Orthodox Iconography and Gallery Art Part 2: Gallery Art (here for pt.1) The journey of an artist   At this stage in our story, by way of illustration I would like to…

Carving the Virgin Hodegetria

Theotokos Hodegetria, carved in limestone by the author, 2016, 37 x 8 x 7 inches (95 x 20 x 18 cm). Photography by Hugh Gordon.

(Editor’s note: this article was written by Martin Earle, Aidan Hart’s studio assistant who worked to create a commission they received for a statue of the Hodogetria. Martin can be contacted at mart_earle@yahoo.co.uk. ) I always brace myself for a bit of…

Two New Choros Chandeliers

Newly-installed choros at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, Danbury, CT.

  I have had the opportunity recently to make and install two choros chandeliers, a type of fixture that is of particular interest to me as a designer. I have written previously about similar chandeliers I have installed in churches…