Douglas Pryor
Sculpting, Raising, Chasing, and Repousse


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Face sculpture in sheet - Auburn CA


A 12ga steel face I finished in the fall of 2018.

A 12ga steel face I finished in the fall of 2018.

Sculpting a face is one of my favorite things to work on, you can literally tell any story with a face and it’s something I think everyone can benefit from observing. 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.

I also strongly recommend spending a fair amount of time in your sketch book before the class. If you need any help with this please ask me! I will be happy to spend a little time drawing with you or getting some tutorials out your way that really helped me. Nothing can quite help your brain break down a form like drawing can. And again if you need any help getting these steps started before class please email me at any time.


This is a 4 day workshop, the extra time in invaluable when sculpting something like this.

All tooling and materials provided.

Price: $800 per person


About our hosts:

Metal Arts Academy is nestled in a lovely spot in Auburn California and ran by some very good friends of mine (who are a wealth of knowledge in their own right). I’ve worked with Metal Arts Academy for a year now and can’t speak highly enough of their heart and their quality. We pull all the stops to make our local workshop run with elements I just cannot provide normally when I travel! Not all of my work and tools fit on a plane believe it or not! So it always counts to join me locally if you can.

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