About the Course
Hello! I’m Richard from Twisted Earth Ceramics and I am based in West Yorkshire, just a short distance from Leeds and Bradford. I make hand-crafted animal sculptures all of which begin life from a single block of clay. I am fully mobile and work from several sites across Yorkshire and beyond!
Why not spend the day learning how to make a sculpture to be proud of using a technique that is fun, expressive and gets the results you want. The workshops are suitable for beginners or for those with some experience of handling clay.
The choice is yours- Highland Cattle, Moon Gazing Hare, Dogs Resting Hares, Alpacas, Donkeys, Owls.......
The following workshops are to take place on the following dates and are very popular, so be quick as they sell out fast!
26th January 2019 Moon Gazing Hares at The Triangle
31st January 2019 Hares Knaresbourgh (Art In The Mill, please contact for details.
1st-2nd-3rd Feb Yoga and Sculpture Residential in a beautiful Castle Hotel in the Derbyshire Dales. Please contact me for further details of this and up and coming residential.
16th February 2019 Moon Gazing Hares at SCRAP in Leeds'
20th February 2019 Hound Dog Workshop at South Square Centre in Bradford
22nd February 2019 Donkey Workshop at Leeds Donkey Sanctuary
13th/14th March 2019 Two Day Make Your Own Free Clay
15th March Highland Cows at Puffin Pottery in Otley
Workshop (Only 4 max on this-Please contact me for details)
23rd March 2019 Highland Cows at SCRAP in Leeds
26th March 2019 Herd-wick Sheep at Ilkley Manor
30th March 2019 Owls at the Triangle in Saltaire.
6th April 2019 Resting Hares at the Brewery in Kendal
17th April 2019 Resting Hares at South Square in Bradford
There will be additional workshops throughout 2019.
To reserve a place, please email me via the contact form or click through to my website and sign yourself up - links above!
If you are interested in a private group booking - minimum 5 (well I will work with 4 if you ask nicely) then an alternative & agreed date can be arranged for a day to suit you (including mid week parties, Hen or Stag activities and children parties) I have full public liability and fully DBS checked.
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?
- A full days teaching from an experienced award winning sculptor (2017)
- perfect for the complete beginner
-Learn the key skills to hand-build and sculpt
- All clay, firings and (glazes/oxides if needed)
-A comfortable warm and relaxed environment
-Workshops throughout Yorkshire and beyond!
- Tea, coffee, biscuits/cakes
-Gift vouchers can be requested
The workshops are for a limited number of participants so theres plenty of individual guidance & support. The groups are warm and very friendly, where nobody is left behind – all abilities welcome.
The workshop run from sites throughout Yorkshire (details upon are my website).
Brews & biscuits are provided throughout the day. However, please bring a sandwich, otherwise there are plenty of shops and cafes in the areas my workshops are based.
Please let me know if you have any mobility issues.
My refund policy is found on my website.
Please Email me if you have any further questions via the contact form above.
My husband and I attended the donkey workshop in Farsley. We weren’t sure what we were going to end up with at the start with our lump of clay. But under Richrads expert tuition we needed have worried. We both really enjoyed the day, the company and Richards gentle way of teaching. It was relaxed and absorbing. We both ended up with sculptures that looked like donkeys, it was fascinating and I can’t wait to do another one. Great value for money too.
Liz Howe - - #17742
I booked on the Highland cow course with family and friends. I knew I would have fun. But I wasn’t sure about the quality of what I would have created at the end of the workshop. I shouldn’t have worried. Under Richards gently guiding hand I was totally amazed by my fabulous cow. The whole group were saying what a relaxing fun day. I would love to go back and do the Hare course. During the day two ladies turned up at different times to pick up theirs fured and painted animals. They also said what a lovely time they had and were very pleased with their efforts. Thanks Richard. See you again 🐇🐇🐇
Alison Shaw - - #17548
Just wanted to say what a great day we had making our donkeys.
We were total begginers so not sure how we would manage to create anything that resembled a donkey. Sure enough with Richard's excellent teaching and support we each have a donkey to be proud of.
Would highly recommend Richard's workshops, good fun,relaxed atmosphere and a great way to bring out your inner creativity.
Looking forward to seeing the donkeys in a couple of weeks.
Pam and Kate - - #17117
I've had the most incredible day today with Richard, creating my very own donkey. He is a real gentleman and guided us all through it step by step, all had the same instructions but each piece came out unique and beautiful. I would highly recommend this course. Looking forward to my next workshop.
Julia dodd - - #17090
I was so proud of my hare! As a complete beginner I really was astounded that I was able to produce such a high quality piece. That was down to Richard’s expert tuition. An incredible day - I’m already booked on to the next one.
Thank you Richard.
Jo Fiddes - - #16914
Loved it! Loved everything about a great day spent creatively under Richard's expert guidance. He is a very patient and talented teacher who took us step by step through the techniques needed to transform a lump of clay into our own unique hares each with their own character. We did slab work for the body, coil work for the neck and thumb pinch pots for the head and various other techniques to create our hares. Richard is obviously a talented sculptor who knows his stuff and made it all seem so easy. There was a lovely atmosphere with everyone happy to be there, chatting across the table and delighted with their sculptures. The beautiful gentle Tilly dog in her eye catching red onesy added to the fun especially for dog lovers like my daughter Laura & me! So pleased she suggested coming. It was well worth the journey from Northumberland. SCRAP was a great venue and we popped out to the café on the corner for a quick delish lunch. Highly recommend any workshop run by Richard.
Maggie H - - #16909
I went to the resting hare workshop with my mum and we had a fantastic day! Richard demonstrated the techniques to us and then guided us through the process so we all were all supported during each stage. I'd never done ceramics before so it was good to learn a new skill in a fun, relaxed environment.
Tilly the dog was also extremely welcoming and a very jolly addition to the day! I'd definitely recommend coming to one of these workshops, you won't regret it!
Laura H - - #16858
Highly recommend Twisted Earth Ceramics workshops if you want a lovely day creating something to be proud of. Richard takes you through the process step by step with humour and patience. Each and every person on the two workshops I've done came away amazed at what they'd achieved in the course of a day. We all sculpted pieces that had their own charm rather than exact replicas and I'm sure they'll all have pride of place in our homes.
Thankyou so much Richard for a very special day!
Dawn Peters - - #16849
I treated myself and two daughters to the highland cow course, as total beginners i didnt expect to do very well but Richard is a talented tutor and took us step by step to produce a highland cow. I enjoyed it so much that i have been on one of his two day courses to produce a larger piece, again he was so patient and helpful. We all are looking forward to attending more of his classes, word of warning....its very addictive!
Debbie Staton - - #16847
My daughter and I spent a great day with Richard making Highland Cows at the light and airy studio next to the Manor House in Ilkley.
I am not at all artistic and have not made anything with clay before, but with step by step instructions, a Highland Cow emerged from the block of clay we started with.
I highly recommend Richard's workshops.
Jill B - - #16844
What a total treat the day spent making Rupert the hare was! A day spent doing something just for me, learning a new skill with a wonderful teacher, surrounded by lovely people and having a giggle. In a world where we barely stop to breathe, I would highly recommend you spend the time you do have doing this!
I came away from the session feeling so proud to have achieved something, all the sculptures the class made, despite being beginners, were amazing! None of us wanted to leave them behind and can’t wait to collect them in a few weeks.
Thank you for a wonderful day that this very busy working, home educating mummy will not forget in a long time. Xx
Anita Adams - - #16842
My husband bought us a one to one session with Richard, we both had a fabulous day.
We arrived to an array of biscuits and mugs of coffee and a chat about what we wanted to work on. Richard was very open to our ideas and guided us to make them look real.
I would highly recommend either a workshop or a one to one. I have already booked in another session.
Thank you Richard and Tilly for a fabulous day.
Gillian Hartley - - #16399
My wife and i have just spent the most fantastic day with Richard from Twisted Earth Ceramics.
As complete beginners we had no expectation of producing anything worth keeping, i just thought it would be fun however, with Richards expert guidance, patience and humour both of us managed to produce something that we are more than happy to display.
A fantastic way to spend the day, lots of tea and cake, and something tangible to bring home (once fired).
Chris Hartley - - #16398
I booked a course for 4 friends and I to celebrate my Birthday and we could not have imagined how good the day would be.
Richard is so down to earth and friendly, he makes you feel really relaxed and at home. He goes out of his way to keep the day relaxed so you can enjoy it.
When we arrived we were shown around the studio and offered tea and biscuits before being shown where we would be working for the day.
We were given a piece of clay and Richard demonstrates each step to you so you can create your masterpiece at your own pace.
The atmosphere was relaxed and very sociable.
It was a beautiful day so we all ate lunch outside in his garden and chatted some more before returning to the workshop. You are asked to bring your own lunch as there weren’t any shops nearby to buy food.
Richard works from a number of different venues so I guess it depends on which one you are booked at as to whether there are any food outlets nearby.
On completion of our masterpieces (we chose to do highland cattle) we were given a date from which we can collect our cows to allow Richard to fire them for us.
It was such a fabulous, fun filled day doing something really different that I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes ‘creating’ things.
He said he did dinosaur workshop days for kids and even offers one-one days for those who want to take their new interest to the next level.
It’s an affordable fun day that you should have a go at. We will definitely be back!
Michaela Kenworthy - - #15819
I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for your awesomeness today.
I can honestly say I've never been on a course where I felt so chillaxed & supported in achieving the set brief.
You need to give yourself a massive pat kind on the back( cow kind of course) for today's sculpture course on how fab the experience was from learners perspective. I feel your enthusiasm in what you do, radiates & projects into your classes, making the whole experience much more rewarding.
This infectiousness as left me feeling inspired. Idd love to come back & join you again for a different course later in the year
All the best Rich & thanks again
Debbie Taylor - - #12666
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