Sculptors make 3D items, which communicate various concepts. These artists may spend some of their time promoting their work, and this can include traveling and displaying at art and craft shows and building portfolios.

Duties and tasks

  • Arranging visual forms and changing the way models look
  • Choosing appropriate materials and media
  • Coming up with ideas and designs for sculptures
  • Placing items in kilns when they are finished
  • Using hand tools and power tools to carve materials
  • Using the ideal techniques to put media on various surfaces
  • Using tools and techniques like a wheel, moulding, and hand to shape clay into art and functional pieces

Skills required

  • Ability to consider various outcomes and look to select the most appropriate actions
  • Comprehending new information and using it to solve problems and determine the best relevant outcomes
  • Fully participating in the listening process and comprehending various points being made
  • Thinking critically and using logic in order to find solutions to issues that arise

Working conditions

Work can take place either in a commercial space that is rented or in a warehouse. Some Sculptors are able to work in home studios. Sculptors are often self-employed. In some cases, these artists may need to supplement their income with another job. Depending on the materials used, sculpting can include dangerous tools and fumes that necessitate safety protocols to be met.

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