This activity is inspired by the work of Royal Society of Sculptors Fellows Polly Ionides and Dawn Rowland.

Stone carving is a reductive process whereby the artist gradually removes material to find the finished form. Some stone carvers use a method known as direct carving, where the process of carving itself suggests the final form, as opposed to the process of working from a preliminary model or sketch.

Carving soap is an ideal way to experience carving from home, or to introduce the process to children - the soft surface can be carved easily using modest tools. Please make sure the tools are blunt to ensure their safe use by children.

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Direct carving with soap