Au Naturale

by Carol Lipson & Matthew Miller

Design Statement

It all started when we saw this piece of ash in the wood pile.  It was so beautiful just the way it was. The pointed top, the cracks, the wood grain…all natural beauty that we just couldn’t bear to cover with paint.

Carol has a bit of an obsession with rocks and stones. She collects them when on vacation or taking a walk down the street, and has accumulated an extensive list of future stone projects, if she can ever find the time to get to them. Living in the Sourland Mountains, giant rocks and boulders are a main feature of the landscaping at her home in Lambertville.

This is the point where Matthew’s router took over. With all of her rocks, Carol still found it challenging to find ones that fit just right!

Materials:  Wood stain and river rocks
Dimensions: 5″ x 5″ x 49″

Map/Spire Number: 61

Location: Stony Brook Elementary School

Address: 20 Stephenson Road, Pennington NJ

About the Artists

About the Artists

Carol and Matthew are friends that occasionally team up on artistic projects.  Most recently, Carol and Matthew had an award-winning entry at the Philadelphia Flower Show.  Carol dreams up the ideas, designs, and materials to use.  Matthew then figures out how to make it a reality by tapping into his vast collection of tools and engineering skills.

By day, Carol is the Executive Director of the Hopewell Valley Arts Council.  She expresses her creativity through photography, floral design and mixed media collage.  By day, Matthew is a technology guru.  His hobbies include collecting tools of all sizes and studio production. Together with Felicia Schilp, these three amigos orchestrate The Amazing Pumpkin Carve.




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Artistic Accolades:

“The rocks appear to emerge from the heart of the wood. What circumstances brought these two natural elements together and which came first…the wood or the rocks?”