Introduction to Stone Carving

What to Bring

  • An interest in sculpture!

What to Wear

  • Casual

Introduction to Stone Carving

About This Class

What You Will Learn

  • Create a small soapstone sculpture of your own.
  • Shape and refine using hand tools.
  • Polish and wax, to create the finished product.

What You Get

  • Suitable pieces of soapstone to carve
  • All tools necessary to carve and polish the stone
  • Masks (not mandatory but some participants may choose to wear one)
  • Aprons


An introductory course in carving soapstone, this course will give participants a chance to create a small soapstone sculpture of their own. Soapstone is a soft, easily carved stone with beautiful patterns and available in a variety of colours.

Participants will be shown how to shape and refine using hand tools, then polish and wax, to create the finished product. The final polishing is always a wonderful surprise as that reveals the beautiful colours and texture hidden within the stone.

About Wendy Black and Tom Bass Sculpture Studio

Wendy has been sculpting since 1995 and teaching sculpture at the Tom Bass Sculpture Studio School since 2004. She has conducted soapstone workshops for AGNSW, TBSSS Winter School, The Shed and Warialda Regional Art Centre. She has completed a number of public commissions including Sir Don Bradman, for Sunbury Public Art Project, Hume Victoria. Wendy was a finalist in Harbour Sculpture 2013 and once again in 2014 with a soapstone carving.

The Tom Bass Sculpture Studio School is unique. Founded by Tom Bass in 1974, it is Australia’s oldest and most respected institution dedicated to teaching sculpture in the classic atelier tradition. TBSSS has a large fully-equipped studio, students of all levels learn one-on-one from professional and dedicated sculptors in a friendly, creatively stimulating atmosphere.

TBSSS aims to challenge and empower students to learn to ‘see’ and be inspired to develop their own creative expression. We run termly workshops, as well as special short courses throughout the year. Students have the opportunity to explore the abstract or to sculpt figuratively in clay, stone, direct plaster, papier mache, wax or wire.

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