Jade Bi Series - 2022
Early in 2022, I was contacted by a friend who inquired if I would be interested in carving a set of nephrite jade bi discs. Having recently completed a commission for a 8" jade bi disc, I was curious to continue exploring this classic form.
As we discussed different options, we settled on a series of nine, carved from Northern California jade, three inches in diameter. There would be four pairs (each pair cut from the same stone), and one single.
Over the course of the next 6 months, I cut and explored quite a few pieces of jade, listening with an open intention that the right stones reveal themselves. There were a number of times I thought I'd found a stone to create a pair, only to have it not align.
In the end, the 5 stones that contributed to the set each represent a different quality and character of our local material, together expressing the range and variety to be found in Northern California rivers and mountains.