Peace – Anika Jagasia


Anika Jagasia

Ivory Soap and Plaster

The purpose of the soap carving project was to carve a sculpture which represents an important issue. I chose to carve a dove out of soap to represent world peace. The process of carving a dove out of soap involved first tracing the bar of soap on a sheet of paper, examining my reference pictures, and sketching. After one failed attempt to carve a dove with outstretched wings, I started over, carving a dove in a sitting position with tucked wings. During my second attempt, I spent more time examining my reference photos and was more careful to carve away soap because I learned from my first attempt to carve away little by little and that patience is key. After completing my dove, I felt proud of my accomplishment.

My initial thought going into the project was that carving a dove out of soap was going to be challenging, especially because I had no experience in soap carving. But, throughout the carving process, and afterwards, I learned that having patience was key, and having the insight to use the appropriate tools helped the process significantly.

I would relate the soap sculpture project to writing an analytical essay in English class. Writing an analytical essay and carving a dove out of soap both need a lot of preparation. Once started, they need to be revised and revisited, all of which requiring a lot of patience. Once finished, there is a great sense of pride.

Overall, I feel proud of my work because I put in a lot of time and patience to carve my dove as best as I could. I am happy with the wings I carved and the head of the dove. If I could carve the dove again, I would elongate the body and the beak.

As a result of this learning experience, I would like to set a future goal to carve objects out of soap more often. The soap carving project was assigned to create a sculpture that was meaningful. In  this process, I realized how relaxing soap carving can be.

Reference pictures I used:



The process of carving my dove is summarized below by a few snapshots of the major steps I took to carve the dove. I started out by carving a dove with outstretched wings but then decided it’d be best to carve a dove in sitting position. I started with a fresh start by carving the shape of the body and eventually adding the details. The last steps I took were adding the wings and the wire feet.

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The last major step to completing my dove sculpture project was plastering my hand that would hold my dove. To plaster our hands we used alginate and casting plaster.

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Overall, I am proud of the dove I carved and my hand that I plastered. Below are three views of my final project.

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#dove #scluptureclass #peace #ivorysoap

3 thoughts on “Peace – Anika Jagasia

  1. This is pretty well written, I don’t see any grammatical errors which is good. I think that you could talk a little more about the carving process. You kind of skim over it, maybe include the tools you used to carve the dove. I also like how you separated each section rather than having all of it condensed in one huge paragraph.


  2. I really like the legs that you put on the dove, I actually think it looks more natural than say, carved legs, since the dove has to actually balance on the thin legs. I also think you did a great job on the head of the dove, especially the beak. Maybe you could improve a bit on the wings by adding more detail, but it could just be the lighting of the picture that makes them look a little plain.


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