Beginning Clay Sculpture
with Kyu Yamamoto
Tuesdays, 3 or 6 classes
6:30pm – 9pm
Skill Level: All Levels
In this class you learn basic sculpture skill, from sketching to sculpting, from paper to clay. Create from your sketch, books, magazines, photos or anything else. Learn the use of armatures, hollowing, reassembling, and finishing your sculpture. Your imagination is key to the success of your work.
Below is the material list for needed for this class:
1) A bag of clay – please call the Morean Clay Studio (727) 821-7162 and order “a bag of Speckled Brownstone Clay for Kyu’s class”
2) Sculpture basic tools set. You can get this at Michael’s or Amazon).
3) Reference pictures or sketches for your project. (Image of what you want to sculpt.)
4) Masking tape
5) Armature. 12”x 12” plywood, PVC pipes or metal (max diameter 1/2” or less, length about 12”, depending what you will make. (You will build your sculpture with clay around the pipe for support)
Purchase clay prior to your first class by calling 727-821-7162 and it will be delivered to our studios.
Purchasing a gift for someone? Consider a gift card! Call us at 727-822-
7872 or drop in during business hours!
Cost (3 classes):
Cost (6 classes):
For more information or to register over the phone, please call the Morean Arts Center at 727-821-7162
(If class has already begun, please call to inquire about late registration.)
All ceramic classes will be held at the
Morean Center for Clay
420 22nd Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
Under the tutelage of Kozo Shibata, Kyu (pronounced “Q”) began studying sculpture as a fine arts student at Asahigaoka, the visual arts magnet school in Nagoya, Japan. After then majoring in Classical Sculpture at the acclaimed Aichi Fine Arts University, he worked for several years with the commercial Rui Kobo Studios, producing sculpted ornamental and decorative work throughout Japan, including Tokyo Disneyland.
In 1985, Yamamoto was asked to use his sculpting and casting skills to serve as Assistant Sculptor for completion of the Statue of Athena inside Nashville’s century-old full-size replica of the ancient Greek Parthenon. At 42 feet, Athena is the tallest indoor sculpture in the Western World. He also began teaching during the time, instructing students at the Centennial Arts Center and the Watkins Institute. His first corporate commission (for the Great American/Southwestern Company’s corporate headquarters), and his first public commission (for the city of Portland) occurred while living in Nashville.
Kyu moved his studio to St. Petersburg, FL in 1992. Known throughout the Tampa Bay area for his contributions to public art (USF St Petersburg, Johns Hopkins/All Children’s Hospital, St Petersburg Fire Station #4) Kyu has been faculty/instructor for the Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL; the Penland School of American Craft, Penland, NC; the Morean Arts Center, St Petersburg, FL; the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Dunedin, FL; the city of St Petersburg, FL; Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts, Asheville, NC; and is a founding faculty member of the Clay Center of St Petersburg.