About Sculpture

 

Stone Sculpture is an art that takes years for the sculptors to learn. The sculptor starts with a block of stone and slowly and carefully chisels the rough shape into the stone.  Gradually the stone is chiselled down to the correct shape and is now ready for the details to be carved in. This painstaking process requires a real artistic skill and a lot of patience. Any mistakes cannot be rectified and the carver would have to start the sculpture again. Slowly the sculpture will start to take shape.

 

Large block of raw marble

Large block of raw marble

Shaped block of marble

Shaped block of marble

Marble Rhino statue

Marble Rhino Statue

 

The Stone Sculptors. Often several carvers will be involved in the sculpture of one statue. The rough carving is usually done by the less skilled carvers, overseen by the master carver. When the rough carving is finished, the master carver will take over to carve in the important details. Carving a face into stone is considered to be one of the most difficult features to carve, particuarly the nose. Chisel away too much and the face would be ruined forcing the sculptor to start again. To achieve a realistic face in stone requires years of practice and often many carvers never achieve this level of skill.

 

Rough sculpting of marble for statue

Rough sculpting of marble

Fine details of face caeved into marble

Fine details of face carved in

Polished marble boxer statue

Polished marble boxer statue

 

Polishing the Stone. When the details have been added, the sculpture is ready to be polished. Polishing stone by hand is very time consuming but worth it for the final result. This involves a lot of time and effort, going through the different levels of sandpaper to achieve a smooth, perfect finish. Marble can be further polished to a shine by using an acid wash. This will give an extremely glossy finish. Alternatively the sculpture may be left matt polished depending on the customers choice.

 

Please also see About Us and About Stone and Sculpture Process.