Indeed, the last few weeks have been spent working on carving(!) a piece of alabaster.
Who knew you could saw stone? Our teacher gave us lots of demos for how to let the stone become the form it wants to be. After Paul helped me saw (which took 2 hours or so) and it was two pieces, then I started to chisel.
What did the stone want to become, you ask? Well, with a little guidance from me, it became a cheeseboard and matching nut bowl!
The last photo was during our final critique. I put dried beans in the bowl instead of nuts, assuming people would reach in and get their germy hands all over the bowl--beans seemed a cheaper way of wasting food.