Born in California , Kierk Ashmore-Sorensen lived in
Mexico until age eight. He has sculpted in stone since childhood. Spanish was
his first language and the Mayan and Toltec art of central and southern Mexico
has been major influence. Later as a teenager in South Dakota, he was inspired
by Lakota Sioux culture and art. An early career in custom home construction
helped develop an understanding of craft and the importance of art in our daily
began exhibiting in 1986, while working as Studio Manager for artist David
Breeden's Biscuit Run Studios. Biscuit Run provided an environment that
allowed for an in depth exploration of sculptural form as well as the process of
providing art to the public.
After operating Soapstone for Sculpture, a company
supplying art quality Virginia soapstone to artists and art schools, Kierk
established the New World Stone Company, a stone quarry and fabrication facility
located in the historic Alberene Stone Company site in Schuyler VA.
New World Stone Company has been re-christened the
Soapstone Company and is North America's only working architectural grade
soapstone supplier. Along with the core commercial activities, the Alberene
facilities, which date back to 1887, also serve as the home to Industrial Stone
Just Published !!!!
"Alberene Soapstone - a
history in photographs"
by Kierk Ashmore-Sorensen
A print on demand book from Blurb.com
featuring photographs of the
Alberene Soapstone Company in the
1920's and 30's.
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The above book is
complimented by photo gifts available on cafe press
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