Private Polymer Clay Sculpting Tutorial


Sue, a follower of the Handmade Pet Sculptures by JFCRN Facebook page, recently purchased the book DIY Realistic Dog Sculptures 1. With a background in portrait painting, Sue decided to expand her artistic skills through sculpture. Even though she is comfortable creating two-dimensional works of art, Sue was nervous about creating realistic sculptures until she found Joan Cabarrus's book.

After purchasing the book, Sue immediately started her first sculpture, with astounding results. She was able to follow Joan's technique and apply the instructions for sculpting a short-haired dog to create a sculpture of a German Shepherd.

Sue reached out to Joan for a critique. She shared pictures of her progress, and Joan was able to provide valuable feedback.

After several days of sculpting, Sue's finished product was unbelievably well made. We couldn't believe this was her first time sculpting! Here are some pictures of Sue's sculpting journey. from beginning to the end. Thank you, Sue, for giving us permission to share your experience.

Joan Cabarrus, DIY Realistic Dog Sculptures 1
Joan Cabarrus - The Singing Sculptor

Joan Cabarrus

Professional Sculptor / Instructor

Open for Critique Services

Sometimes, you just want another set of eyes: someone who understands artistic techniques and principles to look at your work. Sculpting is a practice, mastered over time. It directly teaches us to solve problems and think quickly.


A recipient of a JFCRN Custom Pet Sculptures 7 inch full figure commission piece for Christmas.