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




Display by Tom Elias, Richard Turner and Paul Harris, 2017


Displaying large stones can be challenging. A hand carved base can be costly, at least several hundred dollars.  Likewise, finding a suitably sized bronze or ceramic tray deep enough to accommodate a large stone, can be even more expensive. A more economical alternative can sometimes be found in one’s own kitchen cabinet.

This large rustic wooden salad bowl is a good match for the California Trinity River stone pictured here. The hand-hewn texture of the bowl, its irregular coloration and uneven lip give the vessel a strength that frames the drama of the stone’s patterning without detracting from it. The muscular knots and burls of the stone evoke the Chinese concept of chi or vital spirit, the energy that animates the universe. The bowl’s generous size affords enough space for the rock to sit comfortably in the sand, the color of which complements both the color of the wood and the lighter areas of the stone. A potential problem with using a round-bottomed bowl as a display element is that the stone might not appear to be firmly grounded. In this case however, the peak of the stone is aligned with the center of the bowl in such a fashion that the bulk of the stone appears to fix the bowl in place on the table top.

California Trinity River stone, 32cm wide, 29 cm high, 11 cm deep (12.6 x 11.4 x 4.3 inches), collection of Tom Elias and Hiromi Nakaoji. Display by Tom Elias, Richard Turner and Paul Harris, 2017.



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