Contemporary Stone Showcase


To establish an ongoing international dialogue about contemporary displays that will help to promote stone appreciation. We encourage members of the global viewing stone community to create new ways of displaying stones that reflect your life in the 21st century, your regional geology, your customs, craft and culture. Unfamiliar types of stones, bases, accessories and materials are welcome. We are not confined to displaying viewing stones in either the traditional Japanese or Chinese manner. These are options available to us and we should respect and acknowledge the established ways of displaying stones, but they are not the only way. It is timely to explore exciting new options to create stone displays that have bases, display tables, and other accessories that reflect our regional and national arts and crafts. Each month, one or more new contemporary stone displays will be featured and we will maintain a gallery of contemporary stone displays photographs to help people learn about this option.

How to Participate:

The online exhibition is open to anyone worldwide. Submit a 300 dpi photo (3000 x 3000 pixels) of your stone display. A display should consist of a stone, base, and accessories (tables, figures, plants, art work, others) that reflect a contemporary approach to your display. Accessories are optional. Please include a short one-paragraph description of your display. Use the entry form below.

Each entry will be evaluated on originality of the display and the coherence of the accompanying statement by a panel of viewing stone connoisseurs and artists. Each person will receive feedback about their display regardless of whether or not it is accepted for the online exhibition.


Gallery of Contemporary Stone Displays


Featured Stone



“Dragon Scale”

The shape, undulating surface and color pattern of this stone evoked in the mind of the collector and owner, Patrick Metiva, the image of a scale that had fallen from a huge long extinct dragon. This stone is 20.3 x 31 x 7.6 cm (8 x12.25 x 3 inches deep and was collected in Snohomish County, Washington. The unusual contemporary base was hand carved by Patrick from a single piece of madrone wood (Arbutus menziesii). He wanted the base to be very organic as if it was a piece of dragon bone. Thus, it was left light in color as if it was a fragment of a bleached bone. While there is no scientific evidence for dragon existing in the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S., there may have been several in the rich legends and lore of Washington state.


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