Carving Sculpture

by admin on October 6, 2003

Carving Sculpture

Carving Sculpture

Poetry in Stone - Sculptures

Sculpture is a three dimensional representation of an idea or a real life portrayal in wood, stone, ivory, precious stones, metals and even papier-mâché!

Archaeological excavations have yielded innumerable sculptures, some dating back 35,000 years ago crafted from mammoth ivory. Although sculptures are done in coral, agate, amber, jade, animal bones and brass and used as decorative items as their popularity never diminishes. There are many online stores from where you can buy authentic handcrafted coral, ivory, agate, wood, stone sculptures that are intricate, delicate and exotic.

Legal all over the world, mammoth ivory sculptures are a real treat to the eyes.

Understanding the basic concept of what a sculpture is essential as there is a variety of mediums with which one can express. Sculpture is a three dimensional representation of an idea or a real life portrayal in wood, stone, ivory, precious stones, metals and even papier-mâché!

Sculpture has been a medium of expression of thoughts or imagination, since ancient times in all civilizations around the world. However, it was only with the evolution of different styiles that t has developed to the modern stage. It was during the Hellenistic era that human figures came to be depicted which formed the basis of European sculptures.

With different mediums of expressions, the methods used are modeling, carving, casting, chiseling and constructing. Sculptures are supposed to last longer as they are crafted in solid materials and can withstand heat and other climatic changes. Archaeological excavations have yielded innumerable sculptures, some dating back 35,000 years ago crafted from mammoth ivory. The early humans left a lot of signs of their environment, in sculptures of animals and figurines on bone and mammoth ivory.

Although sculptures are done in coral, agate, amber, jade, animal bones and brass and used as decorative items as their popularity never diminishes. You can buy sculptures for many different requirements and pricing depends upon the size and material it is crafted from. There are many online stores from where you can buy authentic handcrafted coral, ivory, agate, wood, stone sculptures that are intricate, delicate and exotic.

Although there must be many stores around the place you live that stock sculptures and art pieces, the variety available on online stores is unbelievable. You get to browse sculptures of every nation and style and if you like something, procure it sitting right at home!

With elephant ivory banned worldwide, mammoth ivory sculptures are the latest craze as it is similar, unique and has the tag of being antique. Legal all over the world, mammoth ivory sculptures are a real treat to the eyes. Similar delicate sculptures done by very experienced sculptors in agate, coral, silver, bronze and stone are getting very popular as mementos and gifts on every occasion.

Craftsmen get a good exposure while you can buy genuine handcrafted sculptures directly from wholesale importers, saving cost, getting a variety and quality you have always desired. So, on any special occasion, gift something different to your family and friends - gift a sculpture!

About the Author

Anita Satin Choudhary writes for Ivory and Art Gallery. Browse the gallery for unique collection of artifacts ranging from
Agate sculptures
and
Silver Judaica
to
Netsuke
.

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What is the difference between craft and art?

There's lots of beautiful wood sculpture out there that without a doubt is art, but what about the 'simpler' stuff? The work by guys like Bill Judt, Mike Shippley or Harley Refsal? Is carving or whittling an artform?

Carving or whittling is just a means to an end, whether that end is art, craft, or design. As such you should not be looking at media as the determining factor of something being art, but concerning yourself with the distillation of ideas or concepts that is endowed into the media whether that is paint, silver halide(photo), wood, concrete, marble, steel, or computer programming (yes it too can be an art).
As for the definition of art, there are many definitions, and the broadest and most generic interpretation that I can give you is that art transforms the ordinary or mundane and it raises its existence to a level beyond its own meaning. Take for example a painting we all know and accept as art, "The Mona Lisa". A description of this work is that it is just a portrait or a woman, which for the most part isn't special, there are billions of painted portraits in existence, but this one is special. Is it because it is oil painting that makes it art? Again dont look a the medium, oil paints can be used to paint a park bench, but does that make it art, not necessarily. The reason it is art is because it does something that other portraits dont do, for example some people say that the eyes follow you, connect with you, reach deep into your soul and have you asking all sorts of questions you wouldnt ask on an everyday basis. This is quite different than grandmas paint-by-numbers oil painting of a dog, the dog is just a dog, nothing special, the artist has not distilled or endowed any special concepts or emotions into the work. And even if the artist tried to endow something in it we dont ask any questions because the artist or shall I say grandma has taken the ordinary, and made it ordinary, and there is nothing special about that. So in this case we can say that grandma is a craftsperson and not truly an artists. Back to whittling, is a person whittles a smoking pipe, is that art? In what way has this pipe become something else that it is not, it is a craft. Conversely, if someone goes into a forrest and say whittles everysingle tree down to a 2x4 without chopping the tree down, so as to prove a point that man manipulates his environment, well this is something else. It serves no function other than to be art,by trying to raise your everyday conciousness to a higher level. Perhaps this wasnt a good example, but hopefully it clarifies some things.

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