Like a charming Bear from a fairytale is award-winning artist Rickson Kallestewa's alabaster creation. A single melon shell seed offering bundle is attached to this approximate 3 1/2" long, 1" wide and 2 1/4" tall original carving. Endearing eyes, nostrils, a mouth, plus paw and claw details are etched and darkened with jet paste. Resting between this loving bear's paws is another offering, perhaps a honey jar.
Rickson enjoys carving in alabaster because of its medium hardness and the variety of gorgeous colors it comes in. He learned the art many years ago by watching his brother-in-law Darrell Westika. We're honored Rickson is our current Artist Spotlight guest. No one else carves the way he does.