Clay sculpture workshop



** Please note this is a 2 day course minimum commencing on a Saturday, but I am willing to extend to 3 days, by negotiation, if you would please contact me. **

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 sculptors’ 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 2 sculptures a day from everyone, each one will be better than the last and require less help. 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.

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?

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.


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Pound Studio

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Pet lovers
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel
  • UK Holiday


2 days (9:30am to 5:00am)

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S & J - - #38766

We did a 2 day weekend sculpting course with Jan.
Jan is an incredibly talented sculptor and we learned so much. We’ve both completed two recognisable and individual pieces that we’re proud of.
Gold star for Jan and for the experience, thank you.

Valentina Cartei - - #31411

We very much enjoyed the 2-day clay workshop with Jan. Both my partner and I were total beginners and Jan helped us along the way with our somewhat unusual sculpture requests with patience, artistry and humour. We both learnt a lot, and time just flew by.

Jackie Andrews - - #16603

Had a brilliant time at the workshop Jan is a fantastic sculptor and shares a wealth of information. She clearly explains the techniques helping you to produce some great first models. I learnt a great deal and look forward to developing my skills further.

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