STONE CARVING WORKSHOPS
Hällby Observatory is on the outskirts of Uppsala, an old university city 40 minutes north of Stockholm. It was a geodesic observatory but now houses our studios.
In the summer of 2018 there will be one sculpture course, starting on July 16, and one stone workshop, starting on July 23.
The Observatory is situated on a hill with a beautiful view and we can have up to 10 people working with stone at the same time. Each one has their own workspace with air, electricity and shade from the sun.
Participants usually sculpt in the local marble from nearby Sala or in Carrara marble from Italy.
We have a large selection of tools. Pneumatic hammers and chisels, hand tools, electric grinders, safety equipment etc.
The Sculpture Course
July 17-22, 2018
A six-day course where we will go through the basics of stone carving. The participants will learn to use hammers and chisels by hand and then with pneumatic hammers. We will go through the stages of sculpting from the rough form to the finish with sanding and polishing.
We are two teachers to guide and help throughout the day.
Included is a block of marble from Sala, use of tools and safety equipment and lunch.
July 23-29, 2018
Here the participants work independently but of course, we help each other when needed.
It is intended for those who have some experience already.
You bring your own tools but can rent them if you don’t have any. You can buy stone.
Cost: 1.800SEK = 190€
THE ISLAND OF GOTLAND
Gotland, the Legendary Island on the Baltic Sea and the starting point for Vikings travelling the long way to Constantinople.
The island where hundreds of gold and silver treasures are still buried under trees and boulders to hide them from the Danes’ and the Russians’ pirates.
In the southern tip of Gotland, in Hallbjans Nature Reserve, there is a “Magic Limestone Quarry” where tens of Artists “Got Stoned” by a stone created by 400 million-year-old fossils.
This workshop is meant to be a “Sculpture Happening”, a symbol for Artist’s “Repossession of a Pristine Stone World”.
On the flat and soft floor of the stone quarry, from August 6 to 25, 2018, Global Stone Workshop organises an OPEN END Sculpture Workshop for 15 to 20 artists.
Artists can sculpt in the quarry for as many or as few days they want during the workshops’ activity period.
There is a maximum of 15 workplaces. It’s desirable to pre-order the workshop spaces in advance. Participants pay only for the days they are at the quarry.
The working spaces will keep a rather simple standard with (a non-perfect) protection against rain and wind, a (good) connection to the power net… (could be the opposite also)… and plenty of stone at their disposal.
The cost of the workshop is 250 SEK/day = around 25Euro/day
Artists must bring their own tools.
Its high season in Gotland until the 31st of August and this requires early planning for both the Ferryboat and the accommodations.
Participants must find and book their own accommodations.
Some possible choices: Bocksarve Förlag Bed / Breakfast,
firstname.lastname@example.org… Artist Couple Mona and Svenrobert Lundquist invite people to stay in a fantastic B&B in Burgsvik for very little money
At all stone and bronze workshops organised by Global Stone Workshop each Participant rents an individual working space of 4 m2. Global Stone Workshop takes no responsibility whatsoever for accidents that may occur during the Participants working time… Participants sculpt at their own risk. Participants are also responsible for damages they might cause others. Global Stone Workshop recommends all Participants to buy a Personal Accident Insurance Policy in their own country… if they don’t have one already.