Here are some photographs from our last sculpting course, using slabs of clay.
During week one, we each made a clay sketch working from a life model. We used this to map a template of the final work on a board. The boards were 60cm x 60cm, the maximum for the kiln we are using. We worked with crank which is clay with the addition of grog. The grog is pre-fired pottery that has been ground down to varying degrees, with a range of textures. This is added to clay to give it structure, speed up the drying process and reduce shrinkage. This type of clay is ideal for sculptural work, it is slightly more expensive than the sanded buff which is our standard clay. The slabs were cut a couple of days before the class, using a clay harp. Each bag of clay produced approximately 8 slabs approximately 18cm x 24cm. The slabs needed to harden over a couple of days so that they held their shape whilst working. We used scrunched up newspaper to hold the work until it dried sufficiently to be self supporting. The process of achieving the basic shape took about four weeks. The time between classes being sufficient for the work to dry enough to be stable, allowing it to be gradually built up. The remaining two weeks were spent adding details and individual features such as hair and texture. During the final week six we turned the piece and finished from underneath, checking the thickness to make it suitable for firing, reducing some areas and reinforcing edges to ensure it’s strength. As these pieces are sizeable the plan is to locate them outside in gardens, possibly at the edge of a pond. At the moment though they are still in the studio drying out.
Sculpting starts Mondays from 5th November for six weeks. Sculptors will work on a seated female figure. Cost is £135 excluding firing. Wednesdays from 7th November for six weeks sculpting a portrait. Cost is £135 excluding firing. Each class starts at 10am and finishes at 1pm. All materials are supplied. Both are taught by Miranda Wakeman and suitable for beginners.
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Monday class – Sculpt a Portrait Head. This course starts on 17th September and runs for six weeks.
Wednesday Class – Sculpt a female figure – This course starts on 19th September and runs for six weeks.
Each class starts at 10am and runs to 1pm. Cost of each course is £135 which includes materials and tools but excludes firing. The course is taught by experienced sculptor and teacher Miranda Wakeman and is suitable for all levels.
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Take a look at our new courses!
Starting Monday 11th June, a five week course learning to sculpt in relief. Working from a life model. Cost is £100 plus approx £10 firing cost. Hours are from 10am to 1pm.
Starting Wednesday 13th June a five week course learning to sculpt using slabs of clay. We will be sculpting a three quarter size male torso. Cost is £120 plus firing cost.
Starting Monday 16th July a three day portrait head course working from a life model. Cost is £170 plus a firing charge of £10. Hours are 10am to 4pm.
All of these courses are suitable for beginners and will be taught by sculptor Miranda Wakeman. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or to book.
Coming Up in April:
Portrait Course starts 18th April for six weeks. Wednesdays from 10am to 1pm. Cost is £120 plus approx £10 for firing.Hand study (twice life size) course starts 16th April for six weeks. Mondays from 10am to 1pm. Cost is £120 plus firing. email: email@example.com for booking or more information.
We are running a wire and plaster two day sculpture course on 19th and 20th February. Cost is £120. The course will be taught by experienced teacher Miranda Wakeman. Sculptors will make a metre high sculpture of their own design. The course is suitable for beginners. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for booking or further information.
Portrait Head Sculpting Class – Wednesdays from 10th January to 14th February
10am to 1pm. Cost is £110 (excluding firing)
A six week tutored course working from a life model to produce a full size portrait head. The cost of the course is £110 (excluding firing). Small group and beginners are welcome.
Figurative Sculpting – Thursdays from 11th January to 15th February
6.30pm to 8.30pm. Cost is £60 (excluding firing)
A six week untutored course. Students will work from a female life model.
Our new wire and plaster sculpture course starts on 11th December. It is a two day course and the cost is £120. This course is suitable for beginners. All of the sculptures featured were made by course participants with no previous experience of working with wire and plaster. The course will be taught by Miranda Wakeman, an experienced sculptor with 17 years teaching experience.