Figure Sculpting Studio

Michael Magrath has spent most of his life in the Pacific Northwest. He discovered figurative sculpture while in his early thirties, and has since dedicated his life to the betterment of his craft and the furtherance of sculptural art. Primarily self taught, he has nonetheless studied and taught in a number of rich sculptural environments, including the University of Washington, the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, and Gage Art Academy. Reflecting a decade spent in the building trades as a carpenter, painter, foundryman, and shop technician, he brings a craftsman’s approach to his work. Regardless, his interest in the figure naturally steers toward the narrative and symbolic. Of no particular denomination of religious faith, Magrath attempts to excavate, understand, and depict the universal truths that lie at the core of religious and human experience. His primary focus lies in the embodiment and reinterpretation of mythology in contemporary contexts, and is most interested in its potential to reinvigorate the human spirit, particularly in the face of the cynicism of the modern world.
6:30-9:30 P.M.
Live Model
Class includes price of clay
All levels welcome
Gage Capitol Hill

The academy will provide the clay and armature materials needed for the first day of class. 

However, Please bring a pair of wire cutting, needle nose pliers the first day of class. 

The usefulness of the following  tools will be discussed during the first session. 


Most of the tools below can be found locally at Seattle Pottery Supply, Artist & Craftsmans Supply, and/or Hardwicks.


Clay Modeling Tools These tools are strongly recommended

  • Needle Nose, Wire Cutting pliers
  • Fettling Knife
  • Small Ribbon rake* (Sculpture House 404 or 405a) – can often be purchased locally at SPS or A&C Supply and online at

*Not required, but good to have

  • 100g sandpaper – 1/4 sheet
  • ruler or measuring tape
  • Kemper WT16
  • and/or Mini Duron Set (5 Pcs)
  • Rubber or metal pottery Kidney

Resources – Interesting books

  • Sculpting the Human Figure – Edouard Lanteri – If you only buy one, buy this one.
  • Modeling And Sculpture – Albert Toft
  • Sculpture Inside & Out – Malvina Hoffman
  • From Clay to Bronze – Tuck Langland
  • Human Anatomy for Artists – Eliott Goldfinger
  • Facial Expressions – Gary Faigin
  • Living Materials – Oliver Andrews