Alabastor Forms

As the next logical stage to the subtractive carving you did with plaster, we are now going to be carving alabastor, which is a mineral. While biomorphic forms were the subject for the plaster, your alabastor forms will be abstract-realistic shell or pod forms. Both shells and pods offer a variety of surface textures and contain opportunities for protuberances and negative spaces, which will add interest to your sculpture.

Project Goals:
Use subtractive carving to form an abstracted shell or pod form from alabastor
Demonstrate planning through use of sketches and planning on the stone (remember, only use pencil on the stone)
Include good attention to detail (lines, indents, etc., that you observe in your shell/pod)
Safely use carving tools while working thoughtfully and efficiently
Finish your surface with sandpaper, oil and finally, wax.



Anne Alexander
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