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Hollow Build the Self-Referential Bust

July 28, 2024 - August 2, 2024

Misty Gamble  ·  mistygamble.com

Workshop Overview


Using the self as source, this workshop will guide students, through an interwoven combination of slab, coil, pinch, how to hollow-build a self-referential bust. Students with an interest in figuration, technique, and surface mark making, will enhance their ability to understand proportion as it relates to the figure. The instructor will simultaneously sculpt to demonstrate hand building techniques, balance, bone structure, and demonstrations on all facial features and planes of the head. Emphasis is placed on the use of the human figure as a self-referential vehicle to explore personal narrative. Students should come to the workshop with source material about self. How does the “self” reveal? Can it be as subtle like an expressive pose or does it take a symbol or icon? An inexpensive process is set in place to pack and ship busts to students after a bisque fire. All levels of experience are welcome.


  • Ceramic forming techniques of slab, pinch, coil
  • Enlarging a maquette with a point system
  • Figure sculpture through direct observation and perceptual studies


  • Class Materials List
  • Please note any materials you are expected to purchase prior to arrival
  • Estimated fees vary based on class size and materials used


  • Figure studies
  • Sculpting through direct observation
  • How to create a narrative using your own head as subject matter
  • Building a ceramic sculpture with hollow building techniques
  • How to enlarge a small maquette


Fees exclude housing and meal plans. Review housing options here.


Artist Bio

Misty Gamble is a California transplanted intersectional feminist vegan living in cattle country deep in the high plains of Texas. Gamble’s current work, life-size ceramic figurative sculptures and installations of multiple figurative fragments, focuses attention on issues surrounding femininity and challenges conventional standards of morality, normalcy and propriety. Misty is the recipient of a number of awards, grants and fellowships from the National Conference for the Education of Ceramic Arts, the Ellice T. Johnston Foundation, Ruth Chenven Foundation, Martin Wong Foundation, Marin Community Foundation, Windgate Foundation, Howard Kottler Fellowship, Byrdcliffe Fellowship, Ansley Park Fellowship, Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist Award, KCAI Faculty Development Grant and Lighton International Artists’ Exchange Program Grant. Misty has been awarded long-term residencies and fellowships at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, New Harmony Clay Project and the Armory Art Center and short-term residencies as an invited artist at Watershed, Project Art, C.R.E.T.A Rome, SACI Florence, Woodstock Byrdcliffe, Hambidge Center for Arts and Sciences, Buffalo Creek Art Center, Rowan University, Wildacres, and Vermont Studio Center. Gamble is the Founder of Studio Nong: International Sculpture collective and residency program and Women of Ceramics at the Texas A&M. Studio Nong travels to China (2013, 2016), and the US (2015) to accomplish residencies that focus on clay figurative sculpture. Misty was a full time Assistant Professor at the Kansas City Art Institute for nearly a decade and has taught throughout Italy. Currently, she is 3D area head and Assistant Professor of Art at West Texas A&M University. She exhibits her work both nationally and internationally.

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In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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