Stone Modeller

Stone Statue Modeller

Commercial Artist

Fine Arts


Preferably 10thstandard pass and above

Will be updated

The tasks an Stone Modeller is expected to perform include:

Carving out features, statues, models, idols and other artistic designs on stone slabs, blocks or pillars for construction of temples, monuments,

fountains, buildings etc. using hand tools

Studying nature of carvings to be done from drawings, photographs, written descriptions etc. or receive instructions from Sthapathi or other

appropriate authority

Ability to form mental picture of carving to be done and selects required type of stone such as marble, soapstone, granite, green stone, etc

Experienced in chipping off unwanted portions of stone with hammer and chisel and marks outline of figures with chalk, pencil or ochre solution by free hand sketching using drawing and measuring instruments

Knowledge of placing stone in working position, applies oil over its surface if working on granite and carefully carves out figures, statues, idols, models etc. as designed using hammer and chisels of different sizes

Knowledge of marking portion with paint otherwise to indicate stages of work and facilitate carving and gives smooth and finishing touches to carved figures using fine chisels

Proficient in cutting slits and drills holes as designed using saw blades and hand drills or with hammer and chisels depending on specifications and nature of work done particularly for carvings of idols and images meant for temples

Basic knowledge of brushing off dust and waste material from object and sprinkles water on it, as necessary, while carving

Basic knowledge of carving numbers and letters and create designs

Basic knowledge of making clay model of statue or image to be carved to ensure accuracy and facilitate working

Training in Fine Arts

Excellent communication skills

Creative skills

Interpersonal skills

Planning skills

Problem solving skills


It is not a desk job

Work from home option is available

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available

Travelling is not part of the job

Need not handle a team

Working hours

Working hours are 8/9 hours everyday for 6 days a week. This may vary from company to company

Being self-employed is also an option. In this case, the working hours and days will be flexible

Shift system maybe applicable

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?Maybe

This job is not considered hazardous or dangerous

Occupational hazards include fatigue, body ache, stress, strain on eyes, etc.

For freshers - INR 12,000 to INR 60,000 per month

For candidates with 2-3 years of experience or more- INR 3,00,000 to INR 4,00,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Global demand spirals for 3D artworks

With the art market getting more and more globally integrated, it may not be a bad idea to look at the scenario for sculptures. On an average, sculptures have outperformed market benchmarks significantly. In May 2010, Impressionist and Evening auctions, 43% of the sculptures achieved hammer prices above their high estimates.

Sculptures by Auguste Rodin, Isamu Noguchi, Ettore Bugatti and Alberto Giacometti achieved the auctions five highest measurable rate of price growth. In fact, as one is aware Giacometti touched a mind-boggling level of $104,237,006 at the Sotheby's auction in London in February 2010. At that moment, it was not only a world record for any sculpture in history, it was also the tallest price achieved for any work of art, beating Pablo Picasso's previous highest of $104,168,000.

"Globally, there has been an increase in demand not only for sculptures, but for other three-dimensional objects too. The trend is bound to come to India in coming years. As seen in current auctions, Bharti Kher's sculpture achieved an all-time record for the artist," says Vikram Bachhawat, director of Kolkata's Aakriti Art Gallery. Kher hit a price bracket of ?993,250 in June 2010 at Sotheby's. Another sculpture by Somnath Hore sold The Khanjani Player for ?157,250.

"Indian sculptures are grossly underpriced and are worth picking up at existing price levels.

Masters like Somnath Hore, Himmat Shah, Nagji Patel, Satish Gujral, Sarbari Roychowdhury, Meera Mukherjee and Ajit Chakravarty are all available in the price range of Rs 5 lakh to Rs 1 crore," Bachhawat says. In tandem, the contemporary segment embracing names like Ravinder Reddy, Subodh Gupta, Bharti Kher, Chintan Upadhyay, K S Radhakrishnan, Jitish Kallat, Probir Gupta and Bimal Kundu are roughly in the bracket Rs 2-75 lakh.

Among the upcoming sculptors, Debanjan Roy, Akhil Chandra Das, Subrata Biswas, Tapas Biswas, Adip Datta and Ketan Amin are in the range of Rs 50,000 to Rs 4 lakh. Looking at the prices, in comparison to other forms of art, this sphere has more scope for returns on investment. Says Satish Gujral, "Sculpture in modern times has been slower in gaining popularity among collectors who collect art as part of their residential objects. It is only now that the trends are changing, especially in international markets."

In India, it has yet to grow to any considerable amount, though growing it is. "The prices, however, in India remain a pittance in comparison to what they are in the international market. I believe the time has come when this is set to change as the quality of modern India in sculptures is by no means inferior than those of our contemporaries abroad."

According to artist Jitish Kallat, there have been rigorous efforts by Indian artists with the medium of sculpture of late. "We have seen the emergence of a cut-n-paste aesthetic and the fabricated intertwine to create fresh meanings and contexts. Artists have explored possibilities and pushed the boundaries of their practice." Incidentally, Kallat currently has solo shows at the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago and at Arndt Berlin.

Kolkata-based sculptor Akhil Chandra Das stresses on the Indian tradition in sculptures, and says that the Indian sculptures scene has definitely looked up. "There was a time when Indian sculptors wouldn't sell anything. In the early 90s, it was very difficult for a sculptor to sell a piece for even Rs 3,000. The international environment was also difficult. Now, sculptors can get a minimum of Rs 2-3 lakh for their works. At a recent exhibition in Mumbai, we sold more sculptures than we expected. The prospects should improve more in the future," says Das.

The reputed K S Radhakrishnan rounds off the subject with an air of true optimism: "The legendary sculptor Ramkinkar Baij did many monumental sculptures in Santiniketan in the thirties and forties and this approach was missing in other parts of the country. So, what is important today is to have large-scale monumental creative sculptures to be erected in public places and in various parts of the country."


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