Carving a small soapstone sculpture with Paula Haughney

Carving in stone and wood

Ref: S1D11593

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About this course

Try direct carving and create your own hand-held, tactile soapstone sculpture in one day.

Course Description

Learn about the exciting process of direct stone carving with a variety of shapes and colours of soapstone to choose from. The pieces vary in size and dimension, weighing between one and two kilos. It is a soft stone and relatively easy to shape with rifflers, files and chisels. It can also be sawn. A variety of textures can be achieved and the beautiful colours enhanced by polishing.

Soapstone is perfect for creating a hand-held, tactile sculpture in one day. As the shapes are unknown and unpredictable, come with an open mind on subject matter. It is easier and more exciting to begin the design from the rock shape with simple rounded forms best for beginners.

The tutor leads you through each stage of carving your chosen piece of stone and will provide inspiration in the form of books and objects. Just bring yourself and lots of enthusiasm. It will be a great day.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • On this course the College will supply soapstone, wet and dry paper and use of tools.

What students need to bring

  • Sketchbook/notebook and pencil if you wish
  • Old clothes/overalls and head covering as you will get dusty
  • Sensible shoes/boots (sandals are not suitable)
  • Pair of gloves

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • General art materials
This course is held in the Sculpture Courtyard which is situated through the walled garden. Morning coffee and afternoon tea will be taken in the vicinity of the Sculpture Courtyard but return to the main house for lunch. The walk takes about 10 minutes or can be accessed by car. Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. You may need safety boots, if specified above.


Paula Haughney

Paula Haughney,sculptor, stone-carver, maker and teacher studied at Portsmouth Polytechnic and Eastern Illinois university obtaining a BA and MA in Fine Art Sculpture. Stone carving came later, once found, she realised this was her chosen medium. Now having over 30 years experience and many monumental sculptures completed she has taught at all levels, exhibits regularly and is included in public collections worldwide.

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