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Fall Class 1 - The reclining figure

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Building a reclining figure in clay using an internal structure

Mondays, Aug 21 – Oct 16 2023

Cermic Sculpture on Wood by Konrad Dunton

In this 8 week class we will be sculpting a reclining figure in clay using an internal support structure for the figure. The figure can be integrated into a clay base, or separate for later mounting onto a base of a different material.

Beginning and continuing sculptors are invited to sculpt from a live model for six sessions. There will be one single pose for the duration of the 8 weeks  For those interested, we will start with a hands-on-demonstration in building an internal support structure, which will not require the traditional cutting out of armature, hollowing and reassembling of parts. This internal structure is well suited for figures of all sizes. In addition, instructional help will be offered in anatomy and in sculpting styles and approaches.

We will conclude the class by preparing the sculpture for firing it in the kiln.  Participants will be responsible for the firing of their piece. There will be an informational handout with the various kiln firing service providers. 

We will discuss the finishing processes for the sculpture including the creation of the base and surface treatment (paint, glaze, etc...) of figure and base.

A separate finishing workshop will be offered at another time, for those who would like to complete the sculpture to a gallery show ready state.

Please bring the following to the first day of instruction:

(These are the materials needed in building a sculpture with internal support structure)

Required Material List: (* You can purchase from instructor on first day of class)

  • Newspaper

  • Rags (to moisten and cover work at end of sculpting sessions)

  • Clay * 

  • Box and packing materials to transport finished piece (last day of instruction)

  • Proof of Covid vaccination


Materials Included in Class: 

  • Masking tape (1/2 to 3/4 inch wide) 

  • Drywall fiber tape (coarse mesh) 

  • 1⁄2 inch thick rectangular baseboard (side length 8 by 18 inches) 

  • Trash bag to cover work

Recommended Material List:

  • Sculpting tools (various basic tools will be made available in class)

  • Clothing which can get dirty (or apron)

  • Drawing paper and drawing materials of your choice (for initial figure sketching and planning stage)

Additional Costs:

  • Clay can be purchased in class (regular clay $15, paper clay $20)


Instructor: Konrad Dunton

Instructor's Website:

Class Tuition: $375

Model Fee: $85 payable at the first session  (or add during registration)
Date(s): 09/21/2023 - 10/16/2023
Day: Monday
Time: 6:15 PM - 10:15 PM
Number of meetings: 8
MPIC Clubhouse

350 O'Shaughnessy Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94127

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