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Sculpting the Self: Portraiture in Clay

May 22 - 27, 2022

Jamie Bates Slone  ·  jamiebatesslone.com

Workshop at a glance

Sculpt a ceramic self-portrait by viewing the human features objectively.


  • How to sculpt the individual features of the human face
  • Sculpt portraits using general facial proportion techniques
  • Visualize the shapes and masses that create the human face and translate that to 3D portraiture
  • Learn how to build solid hollow forms


  • Stoneware clay
  • Underglazes


  • At least one bisque fired sculptural tile of the human ear, eye, nose, and mouth
  • One bisque fired self-portrait sculpture
  • Ability to sculpt the human portrait
  • Ability to build solid and hollow forms

Artist Bio

Jamie Bates Slone is assistant professor of ceramics at the University of Oklahoma. She received her MFA from the University of Kansas and a BFA from the University of Central Missouri. Her current work uses self-reflection to further explore themes like anxiety, depression, sexuality, and womanhood.
Arrowmont Connections

  • Jamie Bates Slone
  • Jamie Bates Slone
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Workshop Description

During this workshop students will learn to look at the human figure objectively by breaking it down into its parts. Students will begin by sculpting the eyes, nose, mouth, and ears creating multiple tiles and small vignettes. This exercise will lead to creating complete a portrait out of clay. Each piece will be built solid and hollowed out for complete freedom while sculpting. Self-portraits studies will follow the general rules of proportion leading to a completed detailed image of the sculptor. Discussions will include incorporating anatomy, underlying bone structure, musculature, expression into your work. Clay, surface, and underglaze decorating techniques will also be discussed. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $690  ·  materials list

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