Bridges 2011 Workshop Paper
Alabaster Sculpture Workshops
(Proceedings pages 637–638)
Working, carving and polishing alabaster is a highly creative and
rewarding activity. Children of all ages delight in being able to
take a small rough piece of stone and within one to two hours have
shaped and polished a magical shape. Spheres, ovoids, tori, even
mobius bands can be easily made with just a hand drill, hand saw,
rasps, rifflers and four grades of wet and dry abrasive paper.
Alabaster is a soft and easily available material which can be
shaped quickly thus keeping the students' attention. Patterns and
templates in card can be prepared beforehand for marking out onto
the alabaster. This workshop will give teachers and artists alike
the opportunity to experience the skills required to work with
alabaster and discuss the way the artist creates alabaster sculpture
using mathematical forms.