Materials & Techniques

Direct carving

Direct carving is the process of carving away the block of stone (or other material) to create a sculpture. This method had a resurgence in the 20th century when modernist artists rejected of traditional sculptural techniques that required multiple assistants working within an artist's workshop to produce monumental marble works or multiple bronze casts. Direct carving allows the sculptor to maintain contact with his/her material and personally create each individual work.