** Please note this is a 2 day course minimum, the last Saturday and Sunday of the month, April to October. Each weekend course commences on a Saturday, but I am willing to extend to 3 days, by negotiation. Please contact me via 'Message the tutor.' ** I began teaching a few sculpture courses each summer over 4 years ago. It is nothing smart, only 4 people in my working studio at any time. There is often a vast mix of abilities, often no experience – sometimes a lot! There is always a lot to learn from another sculptor's way of working. We each start by rolling out a pancake of clay and making an owl, to allow everyone to get used to using the clay (grogged paper clay). Working with a hollow shape, pushing out from the inside and pressing in from the outside, we then build up the already formed shape. Each owl is always quite different and there are lots of illustrations to work from. Then everyone can choose to make whatever they would like (within limits!) using drawings or photos of animals, abstracts and figures. It is important to keep moving forward. I like to encourage 2 sculptures a day from everyone with each one being better than the last and requiring less help as your confidence grows. It helps to not get stuck on one sculpture; better to leave it and move on to another one. It can be anything as long as there are no long thin legs. The clays can all be fired and we will use newspaper, polystyrene and clay props as supports.

What's included in the price?

Tools are included and I also provide a light lunch. Materials (clay) are supplied at cost. I charge a nominal fee for firing finished clays if required.


2 days

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts



Jan Sweeney

with Craft Courses since 2018

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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Children
  • Hearing impaired
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Pet lovers
  • UK Holiday
  • Weekends
  • Parking provided
  • Intermediate level
  • Tutor can travel
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Pound Studio, Stawell, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA7 9AD