The Art of Alabaster

 Carving the Block of Alabaster Into A BowlThe Finished Product
 Other Alabaster Carvings Around The Work Shop

Classes took place today in Volterra, aka field trip! We took the hour long drive to learn about  alabaster and the art of sculpting it. Alabaster is a white stone material in between the consistency of marble and plaster. It looks like marble but it so soft that it can be scratched with a fingernail. It’s very light, and when carved and polished, becomes translucent. As part of our lessons, one of the artist put on a demonstration  of how they carve bowls. From a square block, to a smooth polished bowl took less than 10 minutes in total. The carvings create a lot of non-toxic dust, so to prevent any waste, the dust is collected and sold to be used in plaster seals.

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