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Introduction to Sculpting Techniques

The Clay Studio, Barnsgate Manor, Heron's Ghyll, East Sussex, TN22 4DB
16 years and over
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Course dates

  • Sun, 26 Feb '23   9am – 12pm GMT
  • Sun, 5 Mar '23   9am – 12pm GMT
  • Sun, 12 Mar '23   9am – 12pm GMT
  • Sun, 19 Mar '23   9am – 12pm GMT
  • Sun, 26 Mar '23   9am – 12pm BST


A short fun and easy course, exploring the human figure, its character and expressions which can give life to the structure and finish of a clay form.

Each week you will follow step-by-step demonstrations of creative processes and time for you to give each of them a go yourself. We will combine ceramic construction techniques together with manipulation and sculpting.

Consideration of drawings and images to help with proportion and calculating scale dimensions. You will learn and practice building individual facial features, the eye, nose, mouth, etc.

Understand the importance of surface detail including muscle, skeletal landscape, hair and other textural definitions.

Create a hollow three-dimensional torso using slab building, manipulating, adding and subtracting clay with a starting form of a cylinder.

Understand the importance of movement, finish, balance and thickness of form.

Discuss the use of props and plinths and hollowing during construction.

Explore the importance of materials, evenness, supporting the structure and maintaining a constant environment to prevent cracking and structural weakness. Also, the idea of functionality and mixing medias.

At the end of the course, you will have a selection of pieces; a small seated figure, facial features, and a torso vessel, that will be fired for you and ready for collection within 3 weeks. These will be both decorative and a useful ‘body’ of work for reference, together with notes and observations you can make during the course to move onto more ambitious projects.

This course is open to adults (16+). The cost includes instruction and the items you make to take home. Refreshments and drinks are also included.

This course is led by Helen Ashton. Suitable for Beginners

Level: Beginners Welcome


Please wear an apron or clothes that can get a bit mucky.


Course ticket - for all 5 dates.
The cost includes instruction and the items you make to take home. Refreshments and drinks are also included.


The Clay Studio
Barnsgate Manor
Heron's Ghyll
East Sussex
TN22 4DB


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