Yes, Kids should ware mask. I have seen carved bowls out of alabaster and it looks really difficult. Sculpting out of alabaster is wonderful, it takes some time and is very messy but I believe it would be well worth it. Even basic shapes sculpted from alabaster look really good. Here is a website that tells how to carve alabaster.
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Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2001 8:39 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Alabaster carving?
Hey, has anyone tried this? Our woodworking teacher is ordering a boatload of alabaster--he saw some bowls that were made by using wood-turning tools (they're absolutely gorgeous) and asked if I'd be interested in going in on the order with him.
Supposedly it's a soft enough to cut with wood carving tools, but I'm wondering if that's the case, if breakage is a problem, what about dust (i.e. should kids wear masks), etc. etc.