A native of Rockland, Maine, Ed Jarrett took his mother’s advice years ago and avoided being a starving artist by going to culinary school.  It was there, at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, that Ed’s life as a sculptor began, after just one class on ice carving.  The rest is history.Guiness World Record Holder for the Tallest Sandcastle and World Renowned Sculptor Ed Jarrett

Ed has been sculpting ice for 32  years, snow for 19 years, sand for 15 years, and wood for 12 years.  He receives requests from across the globe to create sculptures.

Sand sculpting began as a dare.  Ed had been carving ice and snow for a while and someone wanted him to do a sculpture in the spring when it’s too warm for ice and snow. So, he thought, “How about sand?” Ed saw that someone in Maine had set a record for the tallest snowman, so his first sandcastle in 2002 turned into a bit of a dare to see if it was possible to break the record for the tallest sandcastle. He really had no idea what he was doing and tried to use snow forms. They didn’t work with sand and he missed the record by two feet. That was just enough to peak Ed’s interest and make him want to try again.  Please click here for more about Ed’s history with the World’s Tallest Sandcastle.

Charity has always been top of mind with Ed, even as a kid he used to participate in various fundraisers as well as other volunteer activities.

At the University, Ed earned an associate’s degree in culinary arts as well as a bachelor of science in food service management. But, instead of running a kitchen he spent 18 years managing private golf clubs where he practiced sculpting for charity and club events.  Today, he has retired from the management life and is living his dream to be a full-time sculptor.