Course Start Dates
Saturday 11th November 2017
Saturday 9th December 2017
Saturday 3rd March 2018
Wednesday 11th April 2018
Friday 13th April 2018
Spend a weekend learning how to make clay animals using a contemporary technique that is loose, expressive and breaks all the rules. The course is great for beginners and experienced artists alike. And the best part is that you can make pretty much whatever animals you like too.
WEEKENDS ALSO HAPPENING ON THE FOLLOWING DATES:
- 29th/30 August 2017 (SOLD OUT)
- 31st August/1st September 2017 (SOLD OUT)
- 11th /12th November 2017 (SOLD OUT)
- 9th /10th December 2018 (SOLD OUT)
- 3rd / 4th March 2018
- 11th / 12th April 2018
- 14th / 15th April 2018
NB These popular courses sell out quickly out so please sign up to our mailing list for details of next year's courses which will be announced soon. Email via the contact form above or click through to the Phoenix Studio's website and sign up yourself!
The course is taught by artist, James Ort. He specializes in a form of contemporary clay modelling which pushes clay to its limits – it’s a fast, easy to learn technique which brings life, energy and grace to the creations. Over the two days James (and side kick, Alison) will demonstrate the principles of the technique to you through a series of short demonstrations. The rest of the weekend will be spent making your own pieces with guidance and support every step of the way. Once completed, your masterpieces will be dried out and then fired in our kilns. You will then need to return for a later glazing session to bring colour and life to your pieces.
This course is for you if:
• You want to explore your creativity but lack the confidence to do so on your own
• You want to get away from it all and immerse yourself in a fun, creative environment
• You want to experiment in clay but aren’t interested in pottery
• You love animals
What's included in the price?
• Two full days teaching (10am-4pm-ish)
• A return glazing day
• A printed course handout outlining the technique’s main principles
• Clay, firings and glazes
• Tea, coffee, biscuits/cakes
• Use of a beautiful, purpose built art studio with all the equipment & materials you will need
• Beautiful countryside setting
Had a really great time on the two day course with James and was amazed and very pleased at what I was able to produce as a newcomer. The turorials were inspiring and James and Alison were very patient and great fun to be around. Look forward to returning to finish the pieces. And such lovely surroundings at the studios - a perfect way to spend a weekend!
Loved my two days at this workshop. James is so good at sharing his knowledge and demonstrating how to transform a lump of clay into a beautiful animal. I was pleased and surprised by my creations, having been helped and guided along the way by James and his, also very talented, helper Alison. Looking forward to my return visit for the painting and glazing session.
I would really recommend this workshop to anyone, experienced or not, who is interested in making animals from clay.
I so look forward to James' courses! He and Alison are so enthusiastic and inspirational, and exceedingly patient. They work very hard and the preparation for each course is brilliant. Although we are all working hard on our sculptures, the venue is such that it lends itself to good comraderie, with the opportunity to lunch together (outside when the weather is good) and appreciate the wonderfully relaxing surroundings, with wonderful artistic gems dotted around.
Truly inspirational and much appreciated, thank you.
This is a really excellent course. James gives very clear demonstrations and he and Alison are very good in guiding participants in achieving fantastic sculptures at the end. I brought two children (teenagers) with me and they really gained a lot from the experience and grew in confidence.
A really wonderful course! The teaching was clear and helpful whilst allowing you to express your own style. Everyone was really friendly. It's a wonderful light environment with everything that you need to get to grips with a new skill or improve on your existing ones. Thoroughly recommend this course to anyone who has an interest in clay (or has ever been curious about it!)
Just wanted to write to say a huge thanks to you and Alison for a great weekend course in your Phoenix Studio, such a pleasant venue. You and Alison are such patient teachers and were never too tired to answer any questions the group had. I can’t believe what I achieved with your demonstrations and the really helpful advice and tips given by you both throughout the course.
Excellent stress buster too with the best nights sleep I have had for some time !
Thank you both so much and looking to another course soon.
James and his team (Alison) are talented, patient teachers, encouraging, inspirational, think way outside the box without losing you and are a lot of fun. They demonstrate each step before letting you loose but are always on hand if you need advice, ideas, or modelling help. Everyone worked at their own speed and produced animals of their own choice in very different styles. James could squeeze water out of a stone. He brings the creative side out in everyone.I will definitely be going back to that lovely large, light studio to have another go and - of course - recommend James' courses to anyone.
Thank you James and Alison for a great weekend.
Wow! What a fantastic weekend I've just had on this clay animal modelling course with James Ort, I can thoroughly recommend it.
The weekend is a brilliant mix of demonstrations and practical, hands on modelling. We were talked through every step, from making an armature, applying clay and the firing process - and we were helped along the way by James and his lovely assistant Alison.
We were made to feel very welcome and encouraged at every stage - I cant recommend this course highly enough!
If I didn't live over 3 hours away, I'd be here all the time!!! Cant wait for the glazing session now!
Leave you worries at the doorstep and get engrossed in clay! Had a second great weekend at the Phoenix Studio. It was so good in summer that I persuaded my artistic friend to come along this Autumn - but of course it was really an excuse for another weekend of playing with clay under the excellent guidance from Alison and James. They make it huge fun and inspire beginners like me and fledged artists to produce something they love. The whole group were supportive and enthused. It's excellent fun - but exhausting too. Thank heavens for lashings of tea and cake. And yes, preparing your "homework" really helps. Take lots of pictures with you - then get creative!
I completeled my course 5 months ago but have only just been able to get to James to collect the two dogs I made. Wow!! They're great, I'm so happy with them.
The studio and surroundings are lovely, it's a friendly, make a cup of tea anytime type of relaxed atmosphere mixed with times of intense concentration. At the end of the course you'll have such a sense of achievement. James is an inspiration, his work is stunning and with his techniques and his willingness to pass those on you come out with two great pieces of art. James lets you get on with it but is always on hand to help when needed, Alison is lovely, really helpful & has a great eye for detail, she gave my dog a brilliant & realistic nose for me. Give it a go you'll be amazed what you go home with. Our class was a mixture of ages with some people who had done pottery before and some who hadn't and we all made clay animals to be proud of. James has given me some great advice recently and is a genuinely kind person with a real passion for the artistic world.
Thank you for such a wonderful weekend, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and found the whole process very rewarding. I think I may have caught the bug and I am keen to build on what I have learned over the weekend. I can’t thank you enough for your patience, enthusiasm and clarity of instruction. I will be recommending your courses to everyone I talk to who may be interested.
Fabulous ! When you first arrive and look at what previous groups have produced, it is a little intimidating. But the technique and the tuition means that by the end, everyone has produced two incredible sculptures. Prepare to be amazed - and exhausted !!!
The Phoenix Studios is a place of magic I think. I've done two different clay courses there and thanks to the teaching style, knowledge and encouragement of the tutors, both times have come out with something I couldn't have dreamed of making without years of experience and hard toil. This sculpture course is completely engaging, inclusive and fun and you come out with TWO pieces at the end of it - I can't recommend it enough.
This was my second course at the Phoenix Studio, and my first working with clay. It was a fantastic experience! Can't wait to apply the coloured glazes to my creations next weekend. James - and Alison who assisted him - were a wealth of information, thank you so much. As a wood carver I am used to taking wood off, now I have learnt how to build up an animal in layers, absolutely fascinating! Already planning my next creations!
I loved my weekend at Phoenix Studio. First Phoenix studio is a lovely space to be in, light and airy with lots of tea and biscuits whenever you need a break. The other people on the course were friendly and there really was a warm supportive atmosphere. I had very little experience of working with clay, especially compared to some of the others and was a bit worried at the start when I saw what we were about to embark on! However, no need to worry, James explains things very clearly and balances allowing you to find your own way and being on hand whenever you need some extra help. Everyone finished the weekend with two amazing sculptures and a massive sense of achievement. Best of all, it made me believe I could make things and I have been more creative since as a result. I have just booked the wire course which I am very much looking forward to!
Have just finished a course with James. Excellent and fun. Great opportunity to explore my creative side. Looking forward to going back to finish off my work by glazing my sculptures. Course was well balanced with instruction, demonstrating and hands on. One word of advice - prepare! Although James has reference material best to take your own. Alison who also help guide the students is lovely! Both James and Alison seem to know exactly what works when help is needed. Thankyou James and Alison for your patience and making the weekend an enjoyable experience.
I highly recommend this Course with James.
Tution was clear and the support and help just excellent.
Absolutely amazed and thrilled with my creations
The studio is beautiful, lots of space and light.,
I will be back for more.
This course is brilliant. James is so inspirational and patient. He is able to rescue any potential disasters with such ease that everyone completes the weekend with amazing pieces. We so enjoyed the weekend that my friend and I booked ourselves on the next available course as soon as we got home.
James Ort`s clay sculpture course was the most attentive art course I`ve ever been on. His original and innovative away of working with clay was put across with boundless patience in the most comprehensive and patient way. I`ve never known a teacher work so hard to give so much.
Everyone in the group produced lovely objects. Marvelous!!
I really enjoyed this course. The Phoenix Studio is fabulous - lovely surroundings, inspirational art all around, fantastic friendly, supportive atmosphere, great facilities and plenty of tea breaks and biscuits. I went with three other members of my family, which was nice, but going on your own wouldn't be a problem as everyone gets involved with everyone elses efforts in a lovely, supportive way. I was amazed how much we got done in just one weekend. James has a talent for bringing out everyones creative side and encouraging them to acheive their best. As well as being pleased with my own efforts, it was a real pleasure seeing everyone elses, very varied creatures emerge.
I would definitely recommend this course to anyone considering it.
Would definitely recommend this course, a fun, creative and thoroughly enjoyable weekend with some lovely people. With his friendly and supportive style, James is a natural teacher and helps you create sculpture you can be proud of. Look forward to my next time at Phoenix.
James is an inspirational teacher, helpful & encouraging. When I first went to the Phoenix Studio I had no notion of being any good at ceramics: I was keeping my friend company on her course, but I continue to go back... I have developed my own style and ideas on how I want my pieces to appear; I'm still not very good but that's down to my essential lack of talent rather than anything else! It's always great there, and it doesn't matter whether you are good or bad at what you are doing as everyone's pieces have validity and indeed, artistic value - everyone is different, thank goodness. And the constant supply of tea and biccies helps the creativity flow as well!
The course that I experienced has completely changed my approach to my own creativity. It's laughable now that I was so worried about my lack of artistic flair. James has perfected the balance of being inspirational but at the same time sitting back and allowing you to develop your own style. If you have any doubts about any stage of your work, he will 'chip in' and show you how to overcome the problem with his typical laid back style. I now attend one day a week and produce a steady flow of commissions thanks to James encouragement. There'll always be someone one stage ahead and one stage behind you and this gives you the perfect environment for creativity.