“Dogtown Sculptors” is a collective group of figure and portrait sculptors inspired by and working from the live model. Because opportunities to sculpt regularly from the model are rare, we pooled our resources to rent a studio, pay models, and practice the craft that keeps us going. We are always seeking new and enthusiastic members to keep our group alive.
The studio is collaboratively run by the members and is not run for profit. We try to have fun, support each other, and create beautiful sculpture in the process. The studio has ample space (~1,000 square feet) with rare natural lighting from a large sky light. We sculpt from the model 3-4 days a week, see the membership page and model schedule for more info. In addition to model sessions, we frequently offer workshops and classes, and the studio is open to members at all times.
We began sculpting at a studio in the Dogtown neighborhood of Oakland in September 2008 and became a collaborative in March 2011. “Dogtown” was nicknamed after the dogs that guarded historic local junkyards or a large population of stray dogs that roamed the area in the 1980s (sources of the name vary). We moved to our current Berkeley studio in November 2021, but retain our original name and encourage members to bring their dogs to the studio in memory of our 13 years in the Dogtown neighborhood studio.