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Technical Courses and Workshops

  • Bronze Casting
  • Ceramics Drop-In 

Tailor-made Courses

Scottish Sculpture Workshop regularly runs residential courses as part of the academic course content for art schools both in the UK and abroad. Participants either learn metal-casting processes in the Foundry, or spend time developing environmental art projects in response to the rich source material in the local area.

Please contact us if you would like to discuss tailor-made courses for individuals or groups of up to 10.


Technical Courses 

Bronze Casting

Instructor - Eden Jolly

Saturday 26 April to Friday 2 May

£650 (residential)  £565 (non-residential)


The course will be led by SSW's Senior Technician Eden Jolly. The course is a 7-day introduction to casting techniques and processes, and participants should leave with a clear understanding of the different mould-making and metal casting methods. Please read the further information below for a full course description. Course costs include materials and foundry expenses. Course participants are kept low to ensure a high instructor to participant ratio. This course is focused on building skills, please do not expect perfect outcomes!

The course runs from 11am Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm thereafter, but participants may need to work after this time in order to complete the work required within the time given. This should be taken into consideration particularly for those participants who are non-residential. 

Course Description

To book a place on the course or for further information, please give us a call on 01464 861372, drop by, or email with Bronze Casting in the subject line. 


Metal Art - Welding

Instructor - Bob Johnson

30 June to 4 July

£585 (residential) £495 (non-residential)

Beginners +

This course is led by Bob Johnson, who has been working within the industry and teaching students for over twenty years, and this is the third year Bob has delivered this course for SSW. The 5-day intensive introduces students to the principals of metal working, health and safety procedures, and the craft techniques that are required to create small to large scale sculptural works. Please read the further information below for a further course description. Course costs include a set amount of materials expenses, if participants would like to make larger scale work please get in touch with the office to make sure we can order this in for you. Extra materials may be subject to further charges. 

The course runs 10am to 5pm from Monday to Friday, with a break for lunch. Accommodation is self-catering either onsite or in the nearby SSW house. 

Course Description

To book a place or for further information please call us on 01464 861372 or email with Metal Art in the subject line. 





SSW Ceramics and Pottery Drop-in Workshop

Instructor - Beth Bidwell

Every Tuesday, 10am to 1pm*

£16 per session or £54 for four


This is an open studio workshop available on a drop in basis, with technical support and teaching available to suit individual needs. Beginners and more experienced potters/ceramicists are welcome.

Techniques covered include handbuilding, slab-building, slip casting and throwing. There are a number of glazes/oxides available, and an introduction to glazing techniques can be covered. Raw materials are also provided for participants wanting to explore a wider range of finished surfaces. 

There will be a range of different clays available to work with including stoneware, earthenware, porcelain and paperclay. Most firings will be done in an electric oxidisation kiln but with the oportunity to experiment with smoke/paperkiln and pit firings when the weather improves. 

*Please note these classes do not run during the school holidays. 

Scottish Sculpture Workshop: 1 Main St, Lumsden, Near Huntly, Aberdeenshire, AB54 4JN.

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