Ron Cooper’s workshop is located in a historic building in downtown Mount Vernon, Ky. where he works with alabaster stone to create bowls, boxes and vases using a combination of stone working and wood working techniques.
Primarily self taught, Ron first cuts the stone and then shapes it with a lathe, forming objects that showcase the natural color and beauty of the alabaster. Some of his works are created by putting together different kinds of cut alabaster to achieve patterns and designs. Other works are made entirely with hand tools that are either vintage or self-built.
After sanding the surface smooth, Ron applies several coats of a water base finish to bring out the rich colors of the alabaster and wood. Ron states, “Alabaster is a beautiful stone that lends itself well to carving, shaping and engraving. Each piece of stone has its own unique color, texture and veining. That is part of the joy and wonder of working with this material.” Sometimes Ron combines the alabaster with different kinds of wood to add rims or bases to the stone forms.
Ron is a juried member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen and the Sheltowee Guild of Artists and Craftsmen.
Works by Ron Cooper can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.