Ceramic Form: Figure Sculpting

Ceramic Form: Figure Sculpting









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This course is perfect for students who want to expand their knowledge with the ceramic medium while focusing on the body. The course explores an extensive range of sculptural possibilities for the figurative ceramic form through the theme of sampling. Students learn basic ceramic construction including a variety of hand building techniques. Projects will include sculpting a bust and a life-size human figure from the hips upward. All projects are open to interpretation, and can range from highly realistic to abstract. Students will learn through demonstrations and hands on studio time. An emphasis is put on experimentation, increasing scale, and development of personal ideas.

Students will learn a variety of hand building techniques including coil building, pinching, slab construction, and hollowing. Students will learn how to create large scale sculptures and how to sculpt detailed human anatomy.

Students should be aware that the class is centered around the nude human figure and understand their personal comfort level with such subject matter.


The Steel Yard is located at 27 Sims Avenue, Providence RI 02909


For all courses, students must wear a pair of close-toed shoes like sneakers or boots (no sandals, no flip-flops, no peep-toe pumps). Also, you should dress expecting to get a little dirty. Art is messy. In addition, students in metalworking courses must wear clothes made from either cotton or wool—synthetic fabrics like fleece and polyester are not safe near an open flame. Pants are required and long sleeves are recommended. Any clothing that has been frayed is not permitted. The studio is well stocked with heavy-duty welding jackets, but if you have your own, feel free to bring it.


All students are required to fully read the Steel Yard Registration & Enrollment Policies before attending the first class. Registrants who withdraw from a course at least 10 days prior to the course’s start date may receive a refund, less a $40 registration fee. There are no refunds or rescheduling within 10 days. By not budgeting for cancellations, The Steel Yard is able to keep  costs as low as possible for our students.


The Steel Yard offers scholarships in all of our teaching departments, which make our open enrollment courses accessible to students who may not otherwise be able to afford this unique industrial arts opportunity.