Sculptures make themselves on the Main

Lizard made of stone - make sculptures yourself

You can make sculptures yourself in the small village Dorfprozelten am Main. The stonemason and sculptor Alexander Schwarz offers workshops for this purpose. We already heard from him at our first Visit to Churfranken in spring, That had made us curious. That 's why we have him on our Journey along the Route of Delights visited. Anyone who follows us for longer knows that us Creative and creative people interested. We wanted to find out what Alexander Schwarz's sculpting courses are all about.

 

slug
Snail - make sculptures yourself

 

You can learn to do sculptures yourself

When we pull up in front of Alexander Schwarz's sculpture workshop, we immediately see that we are at the right address. In the garden there are unprocessed stone blocks along the garden fence. Right next to it we see roughly hewn figures and fable heads. Some of them are works from his sculptor workshops. This is what Alexander Schwarz tells us when he greets us right afterwards. He shows us a stone snail and says: "This is the work of a woman who regularly takes part in my courses." That is why the lady always travels to village processes. "He also offers his workshops in the surrounding schools. "This is how the children learn that persistence is necessary to create something."

 

Alexander Schwarz
Alexander Schwarz

 

From the stonemason to the sculptor

Alexander Schwarz learned his art as a stonemason in a company nearby. However, he always wanted to devote himself to art rather than to undertake simple commissioned work for tombstones. And so he finally went into business for himself. He looked for a house on the outskirts. Because sculpture is a dusty and noisy affair. The stones have to be hewn and ground. Not every neighbor agrees. He laughs and points to the company opposite his garden: "Today our neighbor is louder than we are."

 

busts
busts

 

From portraits to stone sculptures

It is not an easy lot to become self-employed with sculpture. “The first few years were tough,” Alexander Schwarz tells us. "You have to make a name for yourself first. Today I only take on commissioned work. ”When I ask him what the orders are, he leads us through his showroom and his workshop. We see busts that portray the clients. “This man,” and he points to the stone head of an older gentleman, “participated in one of my workshops. He liked the work so much that he let himself be portrayed. ”Next to it is the bust of a young woman. "This is his daughter," explains Alexander Schwarz. "So one order results from the other."

 

Schutzmantelmadonna
Schutzmantelmadonna

 

He also takes on orders for larger companies. In his workshop are statues, which he makes for clubs or places in the area. He does not always implement the ideas of his clients right away. His protective mantle Madonna he was allowed to shape only after long discussions with the clients as he envisioned. His version is not a spiritualized Madonna figure with an adult-looking Christ child. She looks more like a worried mother holding her little child protectively in her arms. A touching work, as we find.

 

Carnival masks
Carnival masks

 

From carnival masks to acrylic paintings

Alexander Schwarz does not only live out his artistic talent today in his sculpture. For years he has been carving wooden masks that are worn during the carnival season. "Every year there are new ones," he laughs. He spins stories to them. There is the old king and his somewhat foolish-looking son, to whom he does not want to hand over control. We see a harlequin and a witch. We also discover blue- and green-faced monsters and mythical creatures whose stories we cannot imagine. During our visit, they hang on the wall and are waiting for their next assignment in the coming year.

 

Acrylics
Acrylics

 

I was also impressed by the acrylic paintings hanging on the wall in the entrance area of ​​his workshop. In addition to portraits of Barack Obama and Quentin Tarantino is including a picture of his partner.

 

Workshops on how to make sculptures yourself

You can do sculptures yourself in the workshops of Alexander Schwarz. He offers them regularly via his website on. You can also register there for this.

 

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Source: own research on site. We thank you for the invitation to this trip at Mainland Miltenberg - Churfranken eV and at Tourismus Wertheim. Our opinion, as always, remains our own.

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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Video: © Copyright Petar Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

 

Sculptures make themselves on the Main

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Food and Slow Travel blog  TravelWorldOnline. They have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Their topics are trips to Savor, wine tourism worldwide and slow travel. During her studies Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she - partly together with Petar Fuchs - traveled to the USA and Canada and spent a research year in British Columbia. This intensified her thirst for knowledge, which she satisfied for 6 years as an adventure guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as a tour guide for Studiosus Reisen around the world. She was constantly expanding her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: "What's beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do they eat in this region?" As a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), she is now looking for answers to these questions as a travel writer and travel blogger in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is among Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021. Find more Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs here.

2 thoughts too "Sculptures make themselves on the Main"

  1. Halo Monika and Petar, thank you for your interesting contribution. A friend has told me that they want to make a provisional memorial stone for the grave for their grandmother. Maybe such a workshop would be just right for that. Later, a professional Steinmetz gravestone is supposed to be on the grave.

    1. Hello Nina,

      this is certainly a suitable workshop for such a project.

      Greetings,
      Monika

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