The course is figure sculpture in clay. We aim to complete a figure study and a portrait head. The composition is usually derived from well-known sculptors. A preliminary drawing is done, and from measurements of the model, a method of scaling down is used for the proportions. Completed sculptures are hollowed out and left to dry ready for firing. I use Northcote Potteries
Gray Nicol graduated from Auckland University school of Fine Art in 1977, after which he worked on the carved sculpture program of a building project in Auckland until 1986, when he moved to London to join a carving workshop doing traditional architectural carving (mainly for the restoration of 18th Century buildings) and joined the British Master Carvers Association in 1989.
Returning to Auckland, he set up a studio workshop for the conservation of historic furniture and frames, and continued with carving and sculptural work.
Since moving to Melbourne in 2012, he has been running sculpture workshops and classes and working from a studio in Brunswick.