After 20 years in the corporate world, Alasdair ditched the suits and ties for an apron and the satisfaction of passing on artistic knowledge.
Alasdair has been running Soft stone sculpting workshops for over 10 years, from his Studio in the Upper Waiwera Valley between Puhoi and Silverdale. More recently he has run several sculpting workshops at Sculptureum Sculpture Park, in Omaha.
Of the soft stone sculpture process, Alasdair says, “A lot of people often have a dim view of their creative abilities. But with the right instruction and a bit of prompting, virtually everyone of my sculpting clients come away with a sculpture they are proud of. Soft stone sculpting is the process of reduction, your sculpture is in the block you start with, you just have to reveal it. I have the tools, the knowledge and the experience to help you reveal your piece of art.”
Being interested in the process of reduction from an early age, Alasdair started his sculpting journey carving figurines from candles, before turning his attention to wood. About 25 years ago he attended his first soft stone sculpting workshop and was immediately taken with the process. He has since sculpted many pieces that now adorn the 10 acre lifestyle block he shares with his wife Fiona and their two Airedale terriers Ruby and Rosie.