Courses & Open Access


New courses 2018

After the success of our re-launched courses programme in 2017 we are excited to announce the return of our popular courses in ceramics, bronze casting and blacksmithing. We are also glad to announce four new introductory courses in; glazing (evening class), mould making & slip casting, metalwork & welding and a new featured course that shares the research and outcomes of SSW’s Turf to Tools project, a four year investigation into bronze age casting techniques.

Courses range from day, weekend and weeklong formats and offer participants an opportunity to discover and explore a variety of materials and processes.

All our courses are led by highly experienced technicians and visiting tutors and are available to everyone regardless of experience. Courses are kept to small groups of a maximum of six participants, allowing greater one-on-one teaching time and to tailor courses to individual learning and practice.

SSW can also arrange for tailor-made courses for groups or individuals. Please get in touch with the SSW office for enquiries: 01464 861372 or admin@ssw.org.uk


To reserve your place on a course or to find out more please email admin@ssw.org.uk or phone 01464 861372. On courses over £100 we require a 50% non-refundable deposit and course dates cannot be transferred once booked.


SSW has shared self-catering accommodation. Our on-site bothy provides a collective space for cooking, meeting and socialising. Courses are either residential or non-residential please book accordingly.


Workshop facilities, studio spaces and toilets are situated on the ground floor and are accessible to wheelchair users. If you have any other access needs please contact us.

Ceramics Open Sessions

Ceramic open sessions run every Tuesday and Friday mornings from 10am – 1pm. These sessions offer an introduction to ceramics and an opportunity to develop skills through continued access with technical support, alongside peer to peer exchange. There sessions require booking in advance, to book please email admin@ssw.org.uk or phone 01464 861372. Ceramic open sessions are £16.00 per session.

Public and Artist Open Access

SSW was established to provide facilities for artists to make their work, regardless of background, practice or professional status. The Open Access programme offers access for production or research, as well as courses and workshop sessions for anyone wishing to learn techniques in sculptural mediums.

Groups are welcome for Open Access residencies and courses, and student groups are particularly encouraged during Spring (March/April) and Autumn (October). Groups can undertake independent practice, or we can help tailor a programme of technical instruction.

Open Access Booking

SSW facilities are accessible at any time, subject to availability, through our Open Access programme. This is offered on a production or research basis (research offers no access to the SSW workshops, although you are able to book them for 1/2 or whole day sessions). There are residential and non-residential rates, and concessions for those who are unemployed, students or recent graduates (up to 18 months after graduation).

Production Residency: £240/week (cons. £204)
Research Residency: £154/week (cons. £131)
Non-Residential: £21 per 1/2 day,  £36 per full day, £144 per week

To book Open Access (residential or non-residential): contact the SSW Office to discuss your requirements and establish availability. Alternatively please email a completed Open Access Booking Form to arts@ssw.org.uk.

There is no application process for this, but we encourage individuals to get in touch with us before booking