I have had a deep love for Asia and its people since my first trip to meditate in a Northern Thailand monastery when I was 18 years old. When I started Lotus Sculpture in 2000 that connection with Asia has blossomed into pure love! I have known many of our artisans since my very first buying trip in 2000 when the new adventure of Lotus Sculpture just started. Together, the relationships I have with my artisans has grown through the years and they are now like my second family. I take great pride in knowing personally almost all the artisans who make the statues sold in Lotus Sculpture. I invite you to join me on my journey through the remote villages where each statue is made and to meet the artisans who create the sculptures that enrich your homes, temples and lives with grace.
Balan has been my greatest friend since the beginning of Lotus Sculpture! He started off living in an old jail cell with one marble artist working for him. Now he is married with 2 sweet girls and a thriving marble and granite statue business employing about 40 workers. He has told me repeatedly how he would not be where he is today without Lotus Sculpture. I am happy to have him in my life and feel blessed to know the impact we have had on his family and the lives of his workers through the years.
More recently we have started working with Sanjay and the white marble artisans of Varanasi. The work is beautiful and I look forward to growing this relationship in the future.