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Workshop FAQS

Most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS):

1. How long does it take to make a sculpture?
2. How heavy are the sculptures?
3. What can we make when flying to one of your workshops?
4. Can a beginner like me make a sculpture?
5. What is hard to make?
6. What is easy to make?
7. How big of a piece can we make?
8. What are non-permeable materials to tile an outdoor sculpture with in sub-zero climates?

1. How long does it take to make a sculpture?
It takes about 3 days for one person to create a life size sculpture with one coat of cement on it. You can continue in various ways: A simple one is to put another finish coat of cement on followed by a pigment, or not. You can also mosaic your sculpture followed by a grout finish. Mosaic time varies a lot depending on :
A. How much of your sculpture you plan to cover.
B. How large the mosaic pieces you are working with.
C. How detailed you want to work.
In other words... the mosaic part could take anywhere from a few days to weeks!

2. How heavy are the sculptures?
That depends on how much cement you apply to your metal form. All my statues are hollow and therefore much, much lighter than solid cast sculptures. They can also breathe because they are hollow, which wicks away moisture. They are therefore far less susceptible to cracking when temperatures drop below freezing. In general two adults can move an average size sculpture.

3. What can we make when flying to one of your workshops?
People make what they want, but my recommendation is to make a head with a fruit bowl on it (see Planters, in Galleries). This way you experience various levels of difficulties, such as forming a face and adding a neck, nose and ears, etc. We usually only cement and mosaic the fruit bowl, so that the weight is minimal. But these objects should fit in your suitcase.

4. Can a beginner like me make a statue?
Yes just start simple. Older people and people with arthritis may experience difficulty cutting the metal mesh.

5. What is hard to make?
For your first project .... I would say, stay away from round things like a ball, and too many angles, like frog legs.

6. What is easy to make?
Easiest is rolling up a tube, next shaping a box. That makes things like planters, bird houses and bird baths easy to make.

7. How big of a piece can we make?
You don't have time to make a huge piece, what is most important is that you go through the entire process , so that you can make anything you want after you get home. Beside you couldn't carry a huge wet piece of cement home, wet cement is very heavy. I also recommend you bring a board to carry your wet piece home on. It will be wrapped in plastic so that it can cure slowly.

8. What are non-permeable materials to tile an outdoor sculpture with in sub-zero climates?
Non-permeable materials are not porous, they do not absorb moisture. Any pottery/tile that has been fired at a high temperature, such as porcelain and stoneware are non-permeable -- also glass, pebbles, metal, mirrors, seashells etc.