The Artists

Corbett, Delayne

Corbett, Delayne

I was born in 1972 in Nelson, British Columbia, but spent time across Canada (Kakabeka Falls, ON was my favourite). I moved out on my own at 16, and at 19 I found art. One day, I picked up a hammer, a screwdriver, and a piece of wood and pounded out an incense holder. I hacked out more for friends before I was pointed in the direction of soapstone.

After living in Vancouver for two years, I moved to Edmonton refining my techniques, developing a personal style, and broaching other avenues of sculpture. I joined the Sculptors Association of Alberta, and discovered clay, ice and snow carving, and welding. Eventually, the online sculpting community guided me to a stone-sculpting symposium in BC. I applied, and started another journey.

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I began sculpting sand, balancing rocks, and finding my own mediums in nature. Learning stone masonry allowed for the efficient creation of large sculptures using many small stones rather than carving an unwieldy giant one.

Now I sculpt in seasons. In the spring and fall I concentrate on stone, in winter I carve ice and snow, and in summer I travel creating sand monuments. I live in Vancouver as a stonemason between contracts. I feel that there’s still so much to learn, to experience and experiment with my art. I will carve until I die.  – Delayne Corbett



“The Art of Sand, Ice, Snow and Stone: A Chat with Sculptor Delayne Corbett,” Inside Vancouver, October 18, 2012

Delayne Corbett works on his sculpture “Let Your Hair Down”, on the opening day of Sand on Whyte, a sand carving exhibition in Old Strathcona in Edmonton, Vancouver Sun, July 3, 2015