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Figurative Sculpture by Borsheim

"Joy"

Utah Alabaster
One of a Kind
21" H x 17" W x 11" D
© 2001
Kelly Borsheim

Private Collection
(Texas)

[figure sculpture]

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[fine art nudes] [female nudes] [nude sculpture]

[female nudes]

This lovely stone female figure is 118 pounds of "Joy", carved from raspberry-banded alabaster from Utah.

[fine art sculpture]

[fine art alabaster] [stone sculpture] [nude sculpture]

[belly buttons]

[back diamonds]

I love the tear drop shape of the veins in the stone around the navel (left), as well as the beautiful diamond shape at the small of the back (above). These wonderful accents are just one of the reasons I enjoy collaborating with stone.

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Figurative Sculpture: Sculpting in Stone

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Carve \'kärv\ verb 1: to cut with care or precision

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by Kelly Borsheim © 2001

This page shows the carving of stone # 3 out of 8 of a batch of Utah alabaster I bought and shipped to Texas in February 1999. One day in the fall of 2000, while working on stone # 2 (Puffer), I looked up and saw in stone # 3 a sharp bend of a waist as the left hip swung up and back from the torso.

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At some point during the Spring of 2001, I began working on the torso (prior to completing the Puffer piece). My husband John took this photo of me carving on the backside of the shoulder.

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To the left, you can see a smooth spot in the center of the stone. After hammering the chisel "just right", a chunk of stone fell away. This was good -- get the cracked rock off at a fairly early stage of the carving. In the image on the right, I am holding the fallen piece close to its original location.

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I have a long ways to go. I want a thin top, but with good female form and a lovely arch in the back.

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Back view of the work-in-progress.

The view from above.

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Detail of the back view of the work-in-progress -- so you can see the kinds of drawing on the stone that I do. In this case, what is darkened is what I wish to remove.

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Another view of the work-in-progress after quite a bit of the back side has been removed. There is still so much carving to do and then polishing by hand to bring out the beautiful colors in the stone.
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Most recent revision: 15 July 2002