ANATOMY IN CLAY® Learning System, founded in the last 1970’s by Jon Zahourek, has been used by hundreds of thousands of students in more than 6,000 classrooms nationwide.
In 1977, fine artist Jon Zahourek moved his family from Santa Fe to New York City. One of his first assignments was teaching figure drawing at Parsons The New School for Design. Jon knew that his students needed a solid understanding of human anatomy, so he created and sculpted a scale model skeleton on which he could build clay muscles.
Jon soon discovered that he was fascinated by anatomy and became an avid student of the human body. He also became passionate about the power of hands-on learning. He knew that building the human body from the inside-out gave him a strong sense of confidence, a deep understanding of anatomy, and a grasp of the underlying structures that unite humans and other species. He wanted to share these insights with others.
Jon, determined to bring his clay modeling methods to a broader audience, began to develop the array of human and animal skeletons available today. Complementary curriculums and workbooks were also developed to help educators use the ANATOMY IN CLAY® Learning Systems to delivery powerful anatomy lessons.
Today, the company is headquartered in Loveland, Colorado and has two manufacturing facilities. ANATOMY IN CLAY® models are used in high schools, colleges, veterinary schools, and bodywork training programs across the United States, and each still constructed by hand to ensure the highest possible quality.