Blacksmithing at SSW

Here at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop, we have a range of facilities for artists, makers and individuals to use, including a foundry, wood workshop, metal workshop, ceramics studio, fabrication room, studio and library. Use of our facilities is supported by our expert team of Technicians, who are skilled in supporting visitors of all levels and abilities to learn new skills, make work, develop projects and experiment with making in all forms.

There are lots of ways to access our facilities. Artists can apply to come on residency with us, for a sustained and structured period of research and development of their practices. Alternatively, visit us through our Open Access programme, which supports artists, makers and individuals to spend time in our facilities to develop personal projects, fabricate work and learn skills. Get involved with Ceramics at SSW, through either our Clay Group or Ceramics Open Access, tailored to support beginners through to professional artists in making new work. We also offer a series of popular Courses for all levels, which are a great way to learn skills within a structured session.

We have a good stock of general materials and consumables available for use in the workshops. Through our networks of suppliers we can also cater for more specialist requests. Please let us know on booking, if you require anything in particular and we will try to source it for you.

Anyone using the facilities at SSW must be inducted to each workshop as well as equipment prior to access being granted. Workshop facilities are only available during office hours when a Technician is on site.  Outside these hours users must adhere to the SSW Workshop Rules of Use.


SSW has accommodation on site as well as a house in the village. On site are four bedrooms, two single and two twin, with shared bathrooms. The main kitchen is housed in the Bothy, which also has laundry facilities.

No. 17, the house in the village, also has four bedrooms, two double rooms, one twin and one family room with a shared bathroom. There is also a kitchen at the house, although residents may choose to use the kitchen at the main site also.

SSW is self catering accommodation and we have well equipped kitchens with the usual appliances, including microwave, fridges, freezer, electric hobs and ovens. The bothy also has a dishwasher.

We can, on occasion, host artists with their families if childcare or family commitments will prevent you from visiting. Please get in touch by emailing admin[at]ssw.org.uk, or phoning 01464 861372 if we can support you in this way.

Local Facilities and Amenities

SSW is based in a rural village, which has a population of around 300. It is along the main road of the village, with a pub (opening hours 4 – 8pm Monday to Thursday, later at weekends) and a garage, which stocks the basics (milk, bread etc).  There is also an village hall which hosts a number of events such as Fish & Chips, Movie Nights and ceilidhs. These are the only shops and facilities in the village. Off the main road is besutiful countryside with excellent walks. There are old bothys to visit and plenty of sheep and cows to say hello to. If you are a keen walker, this is a great place for you to stretch your legs.

Alford is the nearest town, approx. 9 miles south, and in the opposite direction is Huntly, which is 15 miles north. There is a bus that goes to both Huntly and Alford. Huntly is slightly larger than Alford, and this is where the main transport comes into (bus and train). There are two large supermarkets, several shops and pubs. It is also the home of Deveron Arts, which is a socially engaged arts organisation that often has events and artist talks.