Animal clay sculpture workshops with Jill Collier



My animal sculpture workshops are suitable for all abilities, including beginners and those that have experience and would like to improve. Starting from a slab of clay I will show you step by step how to hand build your animal creation, using various sculpting skills. Once your sculpture is complete you will be able to add colour with slips and underglazes.
Your completed sculpture will need to dry and then be fired in a kiln before you can collect it at a later date.

Workshops are 4 - 6 people

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Quality teaching from an experienced award winning sculptor.
All equipment, materials, glazes and firing.
Friendly and relaxed environment based in rural Oxfordshire.
Tea, coffee and biscuits provided.
You will need to bring a packed lunch with you.


Jill Collier at Chestnut Gallery


Chestnut Cottage
Astrop Road, Kings Sutton
OX17 3PS

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


7 hours (10:00am to 5:00pm)

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Chris Cooper - - #34537

Jill is really good, puts you at ease and very informative and helpful. Seven of use there but she had time for everybody when we needed it. Thank you for a superb day.

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Sally Gormley - - #31623

Loved it! Jill was instructive and enthusiastic and talented. Would love to go on another course!
Sally Gormley

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Lotte Ascott - - #29600

I have been to a couple of Jill's workshops now and cannot praise them enough. Such a relaxed atmosphere and always good fun. Jill is so patient and always happy to demonstrate skills again and again until you understand. I always come away from her workshops sad that they are over but already looking forward to the next one. Such a unique experience and very rewarding as all my creations have come out amazing thanks to Jill's patience and expertise!

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Elaine England - - #29475

Very enjoyable
Good atmosphere; helpful and friendly
High quality support, instruction and materials
Good value for money

...... provided the penguin turns out ok!

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Marriam Younas - - #28490

I have been to a couple of Jill’s classes and they have been amazing! Had so much fun and learnt so much too! I didn’t think i’d be able to make such lovely pieces

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Karen Cripps - - #28445

A great way to spend a Saturday! I have done four of Jill's courses now and have a few more booked up. I had never done any pottery before attempting my first chicken course but absolutely loved the day and the results were amazing thanks to Jill's guidance and support. I have learnt so much doing the courses and always enjoy the relaxed, friendly atmosphere. My creations are all sat on my kitchen table and they attract a lot of attention from friends and family!
Can highly recommend these courses

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Jane Thomas - - #28388

My daughter and I had such a memorable day making a rabbit. We were complete novices and our rabbits were amazing. Jill is such a lovely lady and great teacher. I loved the fact there were just 4 of us in the group nice and intimate. Looking forward to going back again.

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Charlotte Adams - - #28363

I have been to several of Jill's workshop and I would love to go to loads more! Jill is an amazing teacher and supports me along with other members of the workshop with ease. I'm a very keen artist but with no experience and this is a brilliant way for me to spend my time. I highly recommend to everyone no matter what skill level as Jill breaks it down into easy manageable steps. Overall a fantastic experience!

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Emma Hancox - - #28119

A fab workshop! I honestly thought when I first saw the rabbit we were going to make ”there’s no way I’ll be able to do that...”. But with Jill’s calm step by step approach, it’s turned out wonderful and much better than I thought! Although it may seem like a long day, it goes by so quickly. Jill has endless patience and so much vision so when you think it’s going wrong, she’s there on hand to help you and guide you in the right way - a benefit of the group size being small you don’t have to wait long at all for her help and can easily watch and learn from each other. All in all a wonderful day, I made something I am proud of and can’t wait to do another!!!

In-person course
Liz Dixon - - #27972

I’ve admired Jill’s animal sculptures for several years, so it was lovely to get the chance to make a Rabbit myself. A really fun workshop with step by step instruction - I was so pleased with the results & Jill is a lovely teacher.

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Shel Gray - - #27818

I love Jill’s pottery courses.
I have made a chicken, penguin and hare.
Jill is an excellent teacher always happy to explain and give a demonstration of how to make your clay animal. I really enjoy being part of a group in a relaxed setting. It is very rewarding to start the day with a square lump of clay and by the end of the day you have a sculpture that you have painted, ready to be dried out and fired in the kiln. I would recommend this course to everyone.

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Nicci Bennett - - #27640

Such a brilliant day - Jill made us so welcome and is so positive and enthusiastic throughout that the day flew by and we all made owls that looked like owls! Jill offers help & guidance where it is needed in order to prevent or rectify disasters but very much allows you to be the creator of your final finished product. Have signed up for lots more days - so much to learn

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Hilary Ferrie - - #27637

I have done several of Jill's workshops and I can highly recommend the day.

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Annie Beedom - - #27631

Thoroughly enjoyable workshop
Highly recommended
Jill was warm and welcoming
Looking forward to booking onto my next workshop

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