Jorge Diego Etienne Unveils Galeana Alabaster Collection of Sculptural Objects
One of the world’s best alabaster deposits can be found in Galeana, a city in the Mexican state of Nuevo León, at an altitude of over a mile above sea level. Here, it’s extracted directly from the earth, preserving its luminous milky white color and velvety texture. It is those qualities that led Jorge Diego Etienne to the stone for his latest collection, Galeana, named after its source of origin. Etienne designed six deconstructed vases, bowls, and stools using digital modeling and 3D printing techniques, then passed them on to master craftsman Francisco Charles for interpretation. Charles, who has been sculpting in alabaster for over five decades, brought the pieces to life by hand using little more than a pencil, chisel, and sandpaper.