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Klauber Viewing Stone Art

After retirement one of Rick’s favorite things was searching for rocks and stones. He’d spend hours scouring the landscape, rejecting hundreds of possibilities to find just the “right” one. But finding the “perfect” stone was just the beginning. His passion was to present the stone in an artistic way known as suiseki

In this Japanese art form the stone must be of natural origin, not carved or altered, and presented on a wooden base known as a diaza.  Though frowned upon in the eyes of some purists, one cut is allowed for placement on the base.

The goal is to present the stone in such a way that the viewer is drawn into an imagined world. Perhaps the stone resembles a mountain, a lake, a river. Maybe an animal or an object. Or maybe something bigger, something unseen.

Here is a paraphrase from Rick: 

The intent is to elicit a response from the viewer. Viewing stones provide a way to take the viewer from what is an initial reaction, “Aha, I see it,” to something far greater…into an imagined world around the stone in empty space where a larger scene is envisioned. The stone is a small scale representation of a much larger world in most cases, and is enjoyed more fully by reaching beyond the stone into an unseen world and spirituality.

Tragically, Rick Klauber died in a boating accident in 2018. Though Rick is no longer with us, his work is available through Klauber Viewing Stone Art with the goal of making Rick’s creations available to those who also find pleasure in the art of suiseki. Hillary Klauber, his daughter-in-law, is the family representative.