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Clay Sculpture at Bull Mill Arts with Olivia Clifton-Bligh and Vicky Whelpton


Duration: 3 days, 10am-4.30pm daily

Price: £195

Run by: Olivia Clifton-Bligh
at Olivia Clifton-Bligh at Bull Mill Arts

01985 212 716

Studio 2, Bull Mill Arts
Crockerton
Warminster
Wiltshire
BA12 8AY

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About the Course

An exciting opportunity to work with both a sculptor and a potter to explore, develop and refine your practical and creative skills relating to kiln-fired clay sculpture.

This 3-day course is full of valuable technical information including clay preparation, handling and firing as well as the creative development of three-dimensional composition and practical experience in the construction and modelling of clay sculpture using a fine grogged clay body and slab and coiling building techniques.

We will have a beautiful lurcher dog as our model to practice working drawings and preparatory skills using a live subject. However you can also bring your own preparatory work to make your final sculpture on any subject you like.

Your finished sculpture will be fired at Vicky’s pottery in the Wylye Valley.

This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience, from beginners to practicing artists. Numbers are limited to 10 participants to ensure plenty of one-to-one tuition with the two tutors. All tools and materials are provided.

Day 1: Discussing technical methods of construction suitable for kiln-fired sculpture and preparation of clay.
Considering the value and purpose of working drawings and observation skills in relation to three dimensional composition and working from live models.
Day 2: working on the construction and modelling of your sculpture.
Day 3: completing the structure and detail of your sculpture.

​Vicky Whelpton is a talented and productive potter with over 30 years experience. She uses many different techniques, throwing and hand building, and working in porcelain, earthenware and Raku.
Vicky studied at York University (BA Hons Art, Design & Technology) and trained at Dartington Pottery Workshop Devon (1983-85). She is a member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and has an established and successful Pottery in the Wylye Valley Wiltshire.

Olivia Clifton-Bligh is an award winning sculptor with 25 years of professional experience. She uses clay, paper and plaster in the construction and modelling of her sculptures for casting into bronze.
Olivia studied at Goldsmiths’ College (BA Hons Art & Art History 1990-1993) and is a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. Her studio is at Bull Mill Arts in Wiltshire and her work is exhibited in London and throughout the UK.

Olivia's workshops and courses are held in The Old Pottery, a converted barn with high ceilings, white walls and natural light and spot lights. It is one of several studios at Bull Mill Arts, a collection of artists’ workspaces and houses established by Lord Bath on the Longleat Estate. The old mill house is on the banks of the river Wylye surrounded by water meadows and ancient woodland. It is a secluded and peaceful setting easily accessible from the local market town of Warminster.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All tools and materials are provided for the workshop

Your finished sculpture will be fired at Vicky’s pottery in the Wylye Valley - a small fee is charged for firing costs (calculated by weight, in the region of £20 spending on the size of your sculpture). You can collect your sculpture after firing from the Whelpton’s pottery or from Olivia’s studio at Bull Mill Arts.

This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience, from beginners to practicing artists. Numbers are limited to 10 participants to ensure plenty of one-to-one tuition with the two tutors.

Please bring your sketchbook and preferred drawing utensils. You may also bring preparatory work and reference material should you wish. Wear appropriate studio clothes, overalls or aprons.

​Tea/coffee/refreshments are available all day. Please bring a packed lunch - weather permitting you may lunch by the river beside the mill or take a walk in the lovely Southleigh Woods beyond.



Want to review this course?

I Just loved doing the course although it was quite challenging at times but we were guided through the difficult parts by our excellent and very encouraging tutor, who was so enthusiastic. It was well worth every penny.

- - #15127

Intensive three days, following the creative process of gathering information on your subject, understanding your material and it’s perameters and techniques for using it, to produce a finished piece. Olivia and Vicky are patient, encouraging and enthusiastic and very generous in sharing their extensive knowledge and expertise.

- - #15101

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