Category : Facilities

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SSW is 40! (2019). Photo: Felicity Crawshaw

Ceramics: Established Practice

Established Practice offers regular independent access to SSW’s ceramics workshop on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. It is aimed at artists, makers and ceramicists with existing skills and experience working in ceramics, who are starting to develop a serious practice and want to further hone their skills and ideas. Established Practice subscribers receive:  24 hours of independent practice per month (4 x 6 hour sessions) in SSW’s ceramics workshop Personal storage allocation (W80 x D40 x H100 cm) Subscriber’s rates for […]

Ceramics Induction with Beth. Photo: SSWCeramics Induction with Beth. Photo: SSW

Ceramics: Regular Practice

Have you completed a beginners’ course or previous regular ceramics programmes at SSW, and are keen to develop your ceramics skills and knowledge with regular practice? This subscription offers regular access to SSW’s ceramics workshop through supported group sessions on Thursdays and Fridays. Develop your own projects and practice skills within a friendly group and receive technical guidance and support in your learning. Regular practice can support you to practice at home, alongside the sessions, with our Clay Shop and […]

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Glaze tests in the ceramics workshop at SSW. Photo: Felicity Crawshaw


Please note Ceramics at SSW is currently closed and undergoing redevelopment as part of our exciting capital development project. Check back in Spring 2022 or sign up to our newsletter for updates on when the workshop will be open again. Our busy and experimental ceramics workshop offers you space, specialist teaching and equipment to support the development of your skills and ceramics practice. From building and forming, through to firing and glazing, the ceramics workshop welcomes complete beginners through to […]

Someone hammers red hot steel bar on an anvil wearing an orange boiler suitPhoto: Naomi Pearce, Nine Parts Navvy (2017). Photo: SSW


Our outdoor forge offers artists and makers of all levels and experience the opportunity to learn blacksmithing techniques, from drawing out, hammering and bending as well as how to use and regulate a forge. More advanced users can work with our technicians to develop their skillset, experiment and complete more ambitious projects. Although not essential, we recommend completing our Introduction to Blacksmithing course, before booking Open Access in our forge. Blacksmithing is of the best processes for learning as a […]


SSW has simple shared accommodation on site as well as a house in the village. When you stay at SSW you will have a private bedroom, with access to a shared kitchen and bathroom. We allocate rooms randomly and based on availability, unless you let us know of any access needs. Staying on site There are four bedrooms on site, accessed via a steep flight of stairs. Each bedroom has a comfy double bed and storage. Two bedrooms look out […]


The studio at SSW is a bright, warm space. It is a shared studio which encourages conversation and cross-overs, between residency artists and open access artists. The studio has several large desks, but can be set up depending on the group’s requirements. There is 24 hour access to the studio for residents. The studio is available to any artist who comes on Open Access or residency.

Photo: Ross Fraser McLean

Iron Casting

Scottish Sculpture Workshop’s two short stack cupolette furnaces offer artists the unique opportunity to experiment with iron casting. Our Senior Technician Eden Jolly has a vast knowledge and experience of running the specialist furnaces and working with iron from ore through to final casts. As with all SSW facilities, artists will be encouraged to participate in every part of the process, from breaking up iron to counting charges and pouring the metal. To work in iron at SSW, request Open […]

SSW is 40! (2019). Photo: Felicity Crawshaw

Communities Room

The SSW Communities Room is a warm and bright flexible space, with wifi, a projector and kitchenette. Housing the SSW Library, an eclectic selection of artists’ books, catalogues, reference books and the Frontiers in Retreat Edge Effects library, the space is great for solo research and writing and can be configured as required. The Communities Room also hosts SSW’s Public Talks programme, as an accessible space for events, talks and screenings. The room is available for external hire – please […]