Douglas Pryor
Sculpting, Raising, Chasing, and Repousse


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Workshop at Tunnel Mill in Rochester, MN

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This year I wanted to jump back into one of my favorite sculpture subjects, portraits! So face sculptures are back on the menu this year! I’ll be showing how to plot out faces with raising so the metal doesn’t rip in those difficult deep spots such as the nose and eyes between the nose. We’ll be going through some basic complementary drawing skills to help transfer your design from 2d to 3d. Covering how to layer up tooling marks through chasing over pitch so as to capture and relay the information from skeletal, muscular, soft tissues, and hair.  

This lesson plan unpacks itself with a bottom up approach. We’ll be practicing our faces on paper, with clay, and then on metal (copper or steel). Compartmentalizing the different lessons allows us to go through design and material science as they become important giving us plenty of time to share and think.

I do recommend some time behind the hammer and managing pitch before taking this course, but I will have plenty of intermediate and beginner projects and will encourage everyone to move at their own pace.

 All tooling is provided! All experience levels are welcome! All you need to bring is your curious mind!

Mailing Address: 4505 Highway 63 North, Rochester, MN 55906
(507) 289-4189 or (507) 289-5246
Mill Phone (when classes are in progress) (507) 378-4983

Located 15 miles south of Rochester Mn, Tunnel Mill is an historic landmark where many crafts are taught. It's a very cool site, here is some history about the Mill:


To sign up please go to The Tunnel Mill website: