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Creative Animal Sculpture

October 29, 2023 - November 3, 2023

Tina Curry  ·  curryoriginals.com

Workshop at a glance

Explore handbuilding techniques to create realistic animal sculptures using a simple armature and true-to-life photographs to achieve accurate proportions and textural elements.


  • Working with simple armature to build up clay using slabs and pinch method to create a sculpture
  • Using armature constructed with wood, dowel or metal and newspaper as base
  • Hollowing out method and compression of clay from inside the structure


  • Wood, dowel, metal, and newspaper
  • Stoneware clay
  • Basic clay tools


  • Creating a completed sculpture and another to be completed at home
  • Learning building methods
  • Using memory repetition

Artist Bio

Tina Curry has been a clay artist for over 30 years and holds a BA from the University of Florida. Retired from a career in graphic design, she is a full-time ceramic and bronze sculptor living in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her sculptures are individually handbuilt from slab and pinch method. Her signature finishes are the result of alternative firing techniques with raku, horsehair, barrel/pit and saggar firing. Curry was the featured artist for Southern Highlands Craft Guild marketing campaign, 2016 and was honored with a solo exhibition for the Tennessee Arts Commission in Nashville, 2018. In 2021, she was selected to create ceramic art sculptures for the Tennessee Governor’s Awards honorees. She serves on the Board of Governors for Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Her animal sculptures have been commissioned by the Knoxville Zoo and the Calgary Zoo, Canada. Curry was featured in Ceramics Monthly Magazine, September 2022.

  • Tina Curry
  • Tina Curry
  • Tina Curry
  • Tina Curry
  • Tina Curry
  • Tina Curry

Workshop Description

During this workshop students will learn the process of creating animals sculptures using basic anatomy and proportions. Clay and wood supports will be used with newspaper in our basic construction, and photographs will be provided for use as reference material. Participants will be limited to what animals can be created in this workshop, but it will give them the information to create whatever they choose after they leave the workshop. Each step will be demonstrated and individual instruction will be provided. You will hollow out your sculptures before the end of the workshop. Students can take their greenware sculptures home or leave them to dry and be fired at a later date. Firing instructions will be provided and various finishing techniques will be discussed. Open to all skill levels, however basic clay knowledge is required. Basic handbuilding knowledge is also a plus.

COURSE FEE: $690  ·  materials list

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