15 February 2011

Sculptors create three-dimensional objects that are designed to give aesthetic appeal.

Zachary Eastwood-Bloom, digital sculptor.
Zachary Eastwood-Bloom, digital sculptor.

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.

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