We had the good fortune of connecting with lee jordan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi lee, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
art was something I was interested in most of my life. I took a class or two in high school, but only actually pursued it in my early 30s. at the time I was being driven to do something physical with my hands. I spent the best part of a year looking a sculpture class. the one that I found was fantastic. the instructor knew how to basically do everything, so I was able to try various mediums before settling into stone carving. real classical carving, by hand. it was great. and I slowly moved work with power tools. same result, just a bit quicker.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a sculptor. I carve stone and wood. I am teaching stone carving at tealesculpturestudio.com. It’s amazing. Taking a block of stone or a stump of a tree and making something that is both beautiful and lasting is a great feeling. also, creating something that other people appreciate is pretty cool. my work appears frequently on television and film. it’s always tough getting one’s work to people that art interested. also, there are not that many people actually carving stone.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
here in la I like the venice walk. crazy fun. of course the beach. angeles crest highway has lots of great places to hike and sight see with great overlooks. my wife is an amazing cook, and it’s really hard for me, a vegetarian, to find better cooking. before this stay at home, we liked an el segundo comedy show third sunday at R6 and dynasty typewriter.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
2 people. my wife Alexandra has supported me every step of the way. she has been a great muse and critic. and she has never complained about my studio time or material expenses. my instructor bob cunningham. he knew so much that I could do anything. pretty cool.