Student Profile: Helen Alajajian

How long have been at TBSSS? 

I started at the old Broadway studio in 1984.  Then other aspects of life intervened so I was not there again till 1994.  From then on, I kept in touch with Tom.  In 2007, I returned to the studio which was by then in Erskineville and, in 2009, I participated in one of Tom’s Master Classes.  In 2012, I was awarded a place in the Emerging Sculptor Programme.

This year, 2018, is my 12th consecutive year at the studio.

Where do you travel from each week?

I catch the ferry from Mosman, thence a train from Circular Quay.

What made you take up sculpting?

I was drawn to the school because of Tom’s reputation.  In 1983, I was a Fine Arts student at Sydney University and participated in foundry sculpture held at the old Tin Sheds, being taught by Alan Crawford of Crawford’s Casting.  Alan spoke highly of Tom and his traditional methods.  The following year I joined Tom’s school.

Tell us about what you’re working on currently…

I’m currently working on a bust of Brett Weymark who conducts the Philharmonia Choirs.  The sculpture will be cast in bronze.  My conceptual work these days is predominantly marble or alabaster.  I don’t set out to create a particular thing – rather, during the course of working on the stone, its aesthetic form is, by degrees, revealed and gives me joy

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