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Direct Hollow Core Figurative Clay Sculpture · Bobby ScrogginsHandbuilding

Workshop at a glance

You will experience a method of clay sculpting which allows for completion and firing of flawless pieces within a short period of time. This is an ideal approach for art teachers and figurative sculpture students who want to eliminate firing losses.


  • Maquette building
  • Metal armature construction
  • Direct hollow core sculpting
  • Deconstruction and reconstruction


  • Paper clay
  • Armature wire
  • Newsprint
  • Nylon monofilament fishing line
  • Underglazes and slips


  • Enhance the ability to design, build, and fire flawless pieces in a short completion time

Artist Bio

Bobby Scroggins is a multi-discipline artist, writer, and musician, and has served as professor of ceramics and sculpture at The University of Kentucky since 1990. He received his BFA in sculpture and ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA in sculpture from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville where he was a University and Ford Foundation Fellow. Scroggins was chairman of visual arts for The Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts and his works are in major exhibitions and collections throughout the U.S. and abroad. He was founding faculty at The Northwest Academy of Arts at Ulster University in Northern Ireland. His “Mediaramic” sculptures are featured in books such as Contemporary Ceramics and The Craft and Art of Clay and the newly published book, Contemporary Black American Ceramic Artists, along with his “Fertility Vessels.”

  • Bobby Scroggins
  • Bobby Scroggins
  • Bobby Scroggins
  • Bobby Scroggins

Workshop Description

During this class students will explore principles of design, maquette making, armature building, figure modelling, deconstruction and reconstruction to design, build, and fire flawless pieces in a short completion time. Participants should bring to class sketches, alternative view drawings, and/or maquettes of their ideas to be completed during the workshop session. After selecting the most appropriate idea for each student, you will proceed with the design, construction, and firing your pieces. Open to all skill levels.

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