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Alabaster Sculpting Workshops
Alabaster working: traditional Handicraft of Volterra

Shaping and sculpting...

Alabaster is a creamy-white, transparent, crystalline stone from the region around Volterra that fascinated the ancient Etruscans more then 2,500 years ago. It conceals a secret inner character composed of shape, veins, colour and transparency. Concealed in broad layers of gypsum at depths of up to 100m underground, alabaster is laboriously excavated in egg-shaped blocks and then shaped in craftsmen's workshops. It can be carved, sawed, filed and sculpted, making it the perfect material for sculptures of all kinds, both for beginners and advanced artists. Volterra has gained a world reputation for its long tradition of expertise in working alabaster stone. This course, held by a local artist and sculptor, will introduce you to the beauty of this stone as well as its handling, thus assisting you with your own creative and artistic work.

Alabaster work of a participant  Alabaster Workshop 2009

Alabaster Sculpting Classes

Alabaster sculpting classes include 20 lesson hours on 5 days. Accomodation and half board is for one week, arriving and leaving on Saturday. The teacher, Alessandro Marzetti, young arstist from Volterra, will guide you though the secrets of this old tradition from Volterra and will help you in realising your own work of art.

Alabaster sculpting courses are suitable for beginners and expert sculptors who would like to learn specific work techniques for alabaster sculpting.

This course is also loved by children!

Alessandro Marzetti


Course Management : Alessandro Marzetti and Isabella di Fabio


Course dates



* Short week
[6] = 6 nights

Alabaster workshops will be held with a minimum of 4 participants.

per person, 1 week (7 nights)

per Person, 6 nights

Rate includes :

  • Accommodation in double room for 7 or 6 nights.
  • Half board (buffet breakfast and 4-course dinner, drinks not included)
  • Alabaster classes: 20 lesson hours per week
  • Alabaster stone for the first work
  • Free bus transfer from and to Volterra on arrival and departure days for guests travelling with public transport.

Rate does not include:

  • Single room supplement (€ 175 per week)
  • Drinks at dinner
  • City tax 1€ per person/night. City tax is chargeable for a maximum of 3 nights

Alabaster Sculpuring lessons, without accommodation:

At Villa Palagione it is also possible to participate in the Alabaster Workshop without booking accommodation nor half board.

Lessons can be arranged anytime on request.

Please contact us for further information.

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