Surreal Attitudes: the figure in clay – C1218-19

Date: Aug 19 - 30, 2019

Skill Level(s): I to II i

Instructor(s): Lisa Clague

Tuition: $1,195
Studio Fee: $175
Registration Fee: $45


Explore the human figure in combination with metal and clay. By incorporating these two materials, develop personal symbols, allowing work to have meaning and metaphor. Construct a life-sized torso and a small spirit animal to accompany the figure. Explore dipping fabric and metal in casting slip to create interesting sculptural forms. Multiple surface treatments are introduced including glazes, powdered metals, graphite and encaustic wax.


Students use three types of clay, a white sculpture body with grog, white earthenware and a white earthenware casting slip. Use these clays to create beautiful cracked surfaces and the incorporation of metal and fabrics dipped in clay. Learn coil and slab construction with emphasis on basic anatomy and facial structure. Glazing and post-fired finishes are discussed.


There are morning and afternoon demonstrations. The figure will be taught step-by-step and techniques will be introduced as the figures develop. A field trip to local thrift shops and hardware stores is included to find materials and treasures to incorporate.


Lisa Clague is an internationally-known sculptor. She received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and her MFA from California College of Arts and Crafts. She has been the recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship and a Virginia Groot Foundation Grant. Lisa’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

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