Come Play With Clay

Workshop with Josephine Burgwyn Pratt

Date:  July 17, 18

Time:  9 a.m until 3 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break (lunch included)

Cost:  $190 plus a $ 35 (required in addition to workshop fee for clay and specialty tools)

Where:  124 Coman Building, Asheville Campus


Josephine Burgwyn Pratt grew up on a farm in eastern North Carolina. Jo traces her North Carolina heritage back to the 1700s when her ancestors came to the colonies from Wales. Her mother, Mebane Holoman Burgwyn, was a well-known author of children’s books and Jo’s inspiration to pursue all of her own artistic endeavors.  Jo attended high school at St Mary’s School in Raleigh, North Carolina where she discovered her love for dance. She pursued her interest in dance at The University of North Carolina Greensboro, earning a degree in Performing Arts. While continuing to dance, her creative journey took a new direction. She discovered that she was able to translate the beauty of dance movement and the expression of joy into figures made of clay. Sculpting became her new passion. 

After years of intensive study in anatomy, composition and sculpting techniques with many of the most renowned sculptors in America, Jo has developed her own unique style which breathes life and joy into her sculpture. She creates sculpture that makes an emotional connection with the viewer. Her experiences in theater and dance have been the inspiration for many of her pieces. Originality, attention to detail and emotional ties to her subjects make Jo’s work most appealing to art lovers.

Jo’s award winning sculptures have been shown in invitational and juried shows across the country. Her work is represented in public and private collections throughout the United States. Her most recent commission is a life size figure of Christ for JupiterFIRST Church in Jupiter, Florida.  Jo maintains studios in Jupiter, Florida and Asheville, North Carolina.   She has been married 50 years to her husband Dan. They have two sons, both married, each with three children.

This two-day workshop is designed for beginning and intermediate artists who have an interest in learning basic sculpting techniques in polymer clay.  You will have fun learning how to make a head either as a character face, fantasy face or the realistic face of a man or woman. We will harden the clay, then paint and complete the sculpture with hair, hats or wherever your imagination takes you. True creativity  is  reminiscent of  childhood  play, so  plan  to  have  fun in  this  workshop! 

I will guide you through each step of the process. Information and examples will be given of ways to display your finished sculpture.

Day 1: Explanation of polymer clay and how to work with it. We will make a simple armature, cover with clay and sculpt a head.

Day 2: Finish the head, paint and create a way to display your piece creatively


Students should bring the following items to the workshop:

  • Students should bring a variety of small soft bristle paint brushes (flat and round)
  • Favorite small sculpting tools
  • Baby wipes
  • Small mirror and scissors

Visit Josephine Burgwyn Pratt's website for more information.

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