On the weekend of 27 – 28 April, 14 students gathered at TBSSS under the tutelage of alabaster specialist Carol Crawford and assistant teacher Karen Alexander for our annual course in Alabaster Carving. The course was, as in 2018, sold out before the close of the earlybird discount!
Each student began by selecting a piece of Italian alabaster to work on for the weekend. Our stock alabaster is sourced from Italy and comes annually in a crate with our marble course teacher Alnassar. Alabaster is a hard stone (significantly harder than soapstone and limestone, but not quite as hard as marble) that is worked at by filing.
This year we also had a stock of coloured alabaster sourced from North America (in green, red and grey) for students to purchase.
For many students, carving is their first experience of working in the negative. Unlike modelling in clay, a sculptor can only work in carving by subtracting from their stone. Works are then sanded and polished to produce a beautiful and light-filled finished product.
Carol and Karen were very impressed with the projects embarked upon by the students. There was everything from abstract curvilinear forms to shell like forms, and other forms that were reminiscent of things you would see in nature.
We look forward to welcoming Carol back as a teacher for another course in 2020.
On another note, we would like to congratulate Carol on recently being featured with her sculptures in Harper’s Bazaar Australia, as well as having some editorial features in Vogue Living and Real Living Magazine.