A Special Connection

It was eight years ago — the end of August, 2010 — that I began working with Lorrie in her lovely studio as a sculpture apprentice. The time has gone so quickly! In her words, we’ve worked together in harmony from the beginning. What began as an apprenticeship has flourished into a close mentorship and loving friendship.

I first met Lorrie in January of 2005 at the Art Students League. She was due to retire in a few more months and I wanted to study with her, so I joined her stone carving class. It was an amazing experience! I lost touch with her after her retirement, but never forgot her.  In 2010, we reunited through her gallery director, who gave me her telephone number. That was the beginning of an indelible kinship.

Lorrie says that she’s passing on as much of her seventy years of carving knowledge as possible to me. There have been times when I’ve felt that I would never understand all that she wanted to teach me. Many times I wanted to give up. But Lorrie always said “just keep going”!  I do my best to follow her advice.

Happy eighth anniversary, Lorrie!

(Photo by Tomasz Howard)

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Learn about Carol Griffin's background and view her abstract figurative sculptures and still life drawings.