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Sculptor

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At a Glance... header image

Designs and creates statues, artistic objects and figures by moulding and carving from various materials.


The Work header image

The Sculptor works by fabricating, in three dimensions, objects in stone, wood, marble, metal, plastics, concrete or other materials, or by constructing installations or environments. They do this using a variety of tools and methods. The trained Sculptor will use the materials or forms best suited to his/her creative intention.  
 
The Sculptor may accept commissions for memorials and monuments or decorative work for buildings, or may show his/her work in exhibitions. Many artists combine their art with teaching and others use their talent and training in commerce and industry.  
 
However varied the activities of the artist, a formal training in the objective principles and basic disciplines of art is desirable. 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Use materials such as pens and ink, watercolors, charcoal, oil, or computer software to create artwork.

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Integrate and develop visual elements, such as line, space, mass, color, and perspective, to produce desired effects, such as the illustration of ideas, emotions, or moods.

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Confer with clients, editors, writers, art directors, and other interested parties regarding the nature and content of artwork to be produced.

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Submit preliminary or finished artwork or project plans to clients for approval, incorporating changes as necessary.

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Maintain portfolios of artistic work to demonstrate styles, interests, and abilities.

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Create finished art work as decoration, or to elucidate or substitute for spoken or written messages.

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Cut, bend, laminate, arrange, and fasten individual or mixed raw and manufactured materials and products to form works of art.

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Monitor events, trends, and other circumstances, research specific subject areas, attend art exhibitions, and read art publications to develop ideas and keep current on art world activities.

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Study different techniques to learn how to apply them to artistic endeavors.

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Render drawings, illustrations, and sketches of buildings, manufactured products, or models, working from sketches, blueprints, memory, models, or reference materials.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Selling or Influencing Others:  Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People:  Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Fine Arts:  Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

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Design:  Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Sales and Marketing:  Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Operations Analysis:   Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

A talent for expression through drawing, painting, modelling, carving or construction will be required.


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Organisation: Sculpture Society of Ireland
  Address: Visual Artists of Ireland, 37 North Great Georges St., Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 872 2296
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Organisation: National Sculpture Factory
  Address: Albert Rd, Cork
  Tel: (021) 4314 353
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