What Is Involved With Becoming an Ice Sculptor?

July 18th, 2014


So many young ice carvers are interesting in exploring how they can possibly turn their craft into a career, but aren’t sure where to start. In all honesty, this particular form of art can be pretty difficult to tap into professionally, but with the right drive and a significant amount skill you may just end up with a successful career in something you’re passionate about.

What Is Involved With Becoming an Ice Sculptor? | Ice Crafters


Have a few questions about where to begin? We’ve got some answers:


What exactly does an Ice Sculptor do on a day-to-day basis?

When a project comes in for a sculptor, he will first sit with his client and discuss the vision and design for their sculpture. From there, plans will be drawn up and final approval will need to be given before a block of ice can even be touched. Once that approval has been given, a variety of different tools such as chainsaws, chisels, rotary tools, burrs, etc. will be used to bring the masterpiece to life. All of these tools and more are currently available at IceCrafters.com.


Where Does an Ice Sculptor Work?

This is entirely dependent on the individual path a sculptor has taken. While some professionals choose to work for or own their own sculpting company, others choose to work solely for culinary institutions. In other instances, a number of sculptors may choose to have a completely different full time career and use their ice sculpting skills in a side business or at sculpting competitions only.


How much does the average Ice Sculptor make?

Again, this can be very subjective based on the career path that you choose. According to 2010 statistics from The Bureau of Labor Statistics fine artists, such as sculptors, make an average annual salary of $61,760, whereas culinary arts professionals that offer special food services earned an annual income of $45,550.
How do I select a school for Ice Carving?

While there is no actual degree or certificate program dedicated to ice carving, there are plenty of schools that offer hospitality management and culinary arts programs, both of which often feature carving classes. While you may not get too far in depth, you will at least be introduced to the craft and get a chance to familiarize yourself with various carving tools and safety procedures. Getting a bit of experience will help you if you ever decide to seek out an apprenticeship.


Regardless of whether you choose to go full force towards a career in ice carving or if you’re more interested in sticking to the pure fun of competitions, IceCrafters.com will always have everything that you need. Browse through our inventory today and get carving!


(Posted by: Alice Connelly of Ice Crafters)


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