See the painstaking process of carving marble, demonstrated by our sculptor in residence, Allen Dwight. Watch marble being shaped right before your eyes in the sculpting studio. Then visit our gallery to view finished work (yes, items in the gallery are for sale!).
Allen Dwight was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1953. He graduated with a B.A. in studio art from the University of Vermont and he attended the Sir John Cass School of London, England.
Raised in rural Alabama, Ryder worked on his family's farm until the age of seventeen, when he set out on his own. After spending time in the military, he traveled throughout the Mississippi Delta and up and down the Gulf Coast where he tried his hand working on tugboats and odd jobs. Eventually he became involved in the arts, working as a stagehand in theater in Tallahassee; and began his future career as a sculptor. While obtaining a BFA from the University of Montevallo in Alabama, Ryder acquired a working knowledge and experience with the materials of his trade: foundry casting, ceramics, welding, wood carving, and stone carving. He first traveled to Vermont to pursue his main interest in stone carving at The Carving Studio in West Rutland, VT. This began a long association, each time returning and developing personally and artistically. He now teaches a class at the Carving Studio in stone carving; and has also worked continuously at the Vermont Marble Museum in the nearby town of Proctor, demonstrating stone carving to museum visitors.
Robert E. Pye
Robert lives with his wife in rural Chittenden, Vermont. Joanne and Robert have lived in Vermont for over 30 years, have reared children and now enjoy grandchildren that also live in the area.
Robert chose to move from his native Virginia after college and a tour of duty in military in order to live in the natural beauty of Vermont.