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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