Creating a Blue John Stone Goblet from a Solid Urn
This page shows the results of creating a Blue John Goblet from an antique urn. It demonstrates the craftsmanship of Edward Fisher.
Dimensions of the Blue John goblet on the left
Originally this was an antique solid urn body that was damaged and very lack lustre in colour. Gavin, a personal friend of Edward Fisher, bought this urn on Edward's advice.
Edward took the urn and sliced it into the different sections. The middle section has become the cup of the goblet. The bottom section of the urn has become the base of the goblet and the urn's top section is still intact and can be seen above. The goblet is made from the Blue John Cavern 5-vein. The urn's top section reflects the state of the urn before Edward started to work on it.
In order to complete the goblet Edward needed to find pieces of 5-vein Blue John to match the stem. This is shown magnified on the right. This shows the rough Blue John before it was worked, shaped and polished.
Edward Fisher has rejuvenated and metamorphosed a Blue John Urn into a spectacular goblet. This is one of the finest pieces that Edward has created and it is probably the most beautiful ornament that Edward has ever produced. The achievement is especially significant when one considers that is was all created from an unlikely looking piece of stone. Normally, Blue John is composed of cubic crystals but this sample is formed as a tubular crystalline structure - a similar structure to Tourmaline - which makes it very difficult to work and, therefore, demonstrates the fine skills that Edward Fisher possesses.
This piece was commissioned by Gavin who is a collector of Blue John. Gavin was very pleased with the result saying "Edward is the most amazing person I have ever met."