Jan Campbell was preparing an avocado for lunch one day when she was struck by the beauty of the pit inside which most people discard without giving it a second thought. After weeks of contemplation, a deeply pigmented surface scratch inspired her to carve away its layers until a beautiful work of art emerged.
So, how did Campbell get started carving this unusual material? It all started in 2014 when she was preparing an avocado sandwich for lunch. “I was hesitant to throw the avocado stone away,” she explains. “I thought it was too nice an object to waste. I decided to keep the stone so I could think about what to do with it later.”
For a few days, Campbell kept the pit in her coat pocket. “A beautiful deep orange pigment surfaced when I accidentally scraped the surface of the stone with my nail. It then occurred to me to try carving it.” She engraved the pit with a “strange little face” after obtaining some lino-cutting tools and letting it dry. The finished product was as tough as wood and set her on a new artistic path.
Campbell now creates her characters out of avocado stone as well as bronze. Both can be found in her Etsy shop.
Jan Campbell’s small carved sculptures are made of an unusual material: avocado stone.
The surface of the avocado pit is a brilliant orange color and soft enough to carve. When it dries, it hardens like wood.