Ceramic Animal Sculpture with Pippa Hill

Ceramic dog by Pippa HillBack at the Guggleton by popular demand Pippa will be running two, three day workshops in Ceramic Sculpture. These will take place on the following dates:

For beginners the course will run from Friday the 14th to Sunday the 16th of June.

For more experienced sculptors [or those who may have already taken the beginners’ class above] the course will run from the 5th to the 7th of July.

The cost of each is £90 plus clay at cost. To book a place on these popular courses then please either use the contact form below and then go to our secure payment page, or simply call the gallery between 11 and 3, Tuesday to Sunday, when we are open. 01963 363456.

Pippa has been sculpting in clay for about thirty years now, ‘I think it’s wonderful stuff, in fact I find it very difficult to use anything else. You need very few tools and it is also comparatively cheap’.

I am going to show you how to produce sculpture for kiln firing, using stoneware clays which I fire to 1260 degrees C so it is robust and weatherproof. I will demonstrate how to make the sculpture hollow from the start. Anything that is to be fired (unless it is very small), needs to be hollow, with no closed cavities’.

 ‘During this three day workshop, I am hoping that you might be able to make two sculptures, maybe even three using two different techniques. I will bring two different types of clay for you to try’.

 ‘I will demonstrate how to make an animal lying or sitting. Standing animals are more difficult so unless you are quite experienced I would not recommend that you try this. If you are more experienced then I will be  bringing some sculpture frames which will help you make animals with legs or with no legs on the ground, I have a limited number of these so you may have to share’

 ‘If you would like to sculpt your dog, cat or favourite animal, bring photos, preferably front, side, back and a few closer up of the face, try to take them on a level with the camera’.

 ‘I will bring some animal books, pictures of skeletons and some examples of what I have made. I will also bring plenty of tools, but you may want to bring your own. We should not get too messy, but wear old clothes in case!’

 ‘If you would like me to fire you work I am happy to do so, I will have to make a charge depending on the weight of the piece’.









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