Sculptural Carving in Clay

Course Leader: Amy Benzie

Places: 6 (Beginners +)
Cost: £250 (£225 non residential)
This cost includes tuition, firings and materials

Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 November 2024

Booking: Book online below or phone SSW on 01464 861372.

Information on access is at the bottom of this page.

In this course, participants will be guided through a range of processes centred on carving into clay. You will be introduced to a range of tools, learn how to add a variety of textures to the surface of pots and sculptures, and be guided through the process of hollowing out a structure from a solid block of clay. Participants will be able to use these techniques to create large-scale, experimental sculptural forms that are rich in surface texture and showcases the natural qualities of the clays we will use.

All tools and materials are provided. A full induction to the workshop will be given and no previous experience is necessary.

Your choice of pieces will be fired after the course and a clear gloss glaze available. Participants should collect work or make arrangements for the work to be collected, in line with SSW storage policy.


Book your place on the Sculptural Carving with Clay course below. You will receive a booking confirmation email to the provided address once your booking is complete. Please read or listen to our Courses terms and conditions before making your booking.


We welcome access riders and/or informal conversations prior to taking part in the course, about what you need to work and live comfortably on site at SSW.

We understand ‘access’ to be what you need to be able to participate in the residency comfortably and safely. These needs may be physical, for example different heights of workstations or access to quiet space. They may be cultural, for example connections with different groups or organisations in the area, or space for worship. Needs may include communication requirements (email, text, phone), translated documents or space for your family (bio/chosen), an ally, support worker or travel buddy to stay. These are just a few examples, and we encourage you to get in touch before you apply, to discuss what we can put in place to support your participation in residency.

Contact Joanne Matthews on arts@ssw.org.uk / 01464 861372 with any questions or to discuss access to this course.

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