Sculptors create three-dimensional objects that are designed to give aesthetic appeal.
Most sculptors specialise in a particular type of work: abstracts, busts or statues, for example. Sculptors may attempt to profit from their work in a number of ways. They can:
- Create figures and then seek out a buyer for the work, through networking and exhibitions
- Work to a private commission from an individual or organisation, sometimes working to a specific theme
- Work on a publicly commissioned piece of work.
Sculptors are required to be flexible and creative. This applies to both creating sculptures and earning a living from their art/trade. Activities they may have to be involved with include:
- Working with materials such as clay, plastic, resin, bronze, stone, metal or wood
- Using drills, knives, chisels, soldering or welding equipment
- Setting up large-scale models in public buildings or outdoors
- Making a bust or statue of a well-known person
- Networking with gallery owners, agents and dealers
- Taking up a 'residency', running workshops in a school, hospital or prison.