Studio Golondrina, in the tiny Aragonese village of Cañada de Benatanduz, is open for its stone sculpture workshops between May 20th and July 5th, 2017.

Studio Golondrina is an initiative in progress. Plans include a self-contained apartment for visiting long-stay sculptors, residencies, partnerships with other stone workshops, exhibitions, land sculpture and symposia at regional quarries.
The studio is a small contribution to the economic regeneration of the Maestrazgo, a wild, isolated mountain area of geological, architectural and prehistoric significance.


The studio is the home of Jon Sait, a Welsh sculptor and specialist researcher in tribal art.
The stone workshops operate a rolling intake and are open to all levels of experience. There are no fixed start dates and length of stay is negotiable. The emphasis is on working with hand tools.
The intensive workshops at Studio Golondrina are suitable for all levels of experience. Tutoring is tailored to the individual.
The workshop cover all aspects of stone working, including health and safety, tool use and care, power tools, stone properties, selecting and moving blocks, roughing out, basing and finishing techniques.
The studio can accommodate four sculptors at any time, with some flexibility. There are no fixed dates. You can arrive and leave when you wish but the minimum stay is five carving days. Every effort will be made to meet individual requirements.

Where to stay

Two types of accommodation in Cañada de Benatanduz can be booked directly through the studio:

Shared self-catering apartment in converted rural house. Euro 25 per person per night. Rooms can be singly occupied with no supplement.

B&B at Bar La Vega. 3 double self-contained rooms. Euro 35 per double room

The stone of Aragon includes alabaster, fine cream limestone and the famous black marble of Calatarao. There is no charge for the first stone block.
Studio rates. GBP 40 per carving day or Euro equivalent, including refreshments.
Lunch costs are shared.



The workshop is organised in the hamlet of Quinto de Ebro, in the province of Aragon, near the city of  Zaragoza.
Global Stone Workshops’ local partner is ARASTONE,, Europe’s’ biggest exporter of alabaster. They quarry and produce perfect blocks of white alabaster… a gorgeous, translucent stone so easy to work and so difficult to carve good artworks out of it.
Alabaster is found in all sizes… from small stones to 15,000 Kg. blocks.
Near the factory there is a typical Spanish pension where the Participants will be housed.
We welcome max 9 artists.


Rebuilt after the Civil War, 1936-39, on the left bank of the Ebro River, Quinto is a typical Spanish hamlet not distinguishable from many others were it not for its location in an area where 85% of the world’s alabaster is quarried.

40 km away is the city of Zaragoza with its Cathedrals decorated with huge altar-pieces sculpted in alabaster. The same stone is employed for internal and external ornamentations, floors, columns and capitals.

If you are interested in this workshop, please get in touch with Sculptor Stefano Beccari.


Starts on June 28, 2017 and it is two weeks long

The cost of the workshops is 360€ for a working week (Monday to Saturday) and includes a sculpting space at ARASTONE and a single room accommodation with private bathroom at La Pension on Plaza de Armas. Breakfast is included.

Each participant will have their own working space with connection to power.
A small block of white alabaster per week is included in the fee.

Participants must bring their own tools. It’s possible, however, to purchase suitable tools on site.


At Global Stone Workshop/ Arastone you rent an individual working space of 4 m2. Global Stone Workshop/ Arastone have no responsibility whatsoever for accidents that may occur during your working time… you sculpt at your own risk. You are also responsible for damages you might cause others. Buy a Personal Accident Insurance in your own country… if you don’t have one already.