Pottery and ceramics

Sculpting with clay – farmyard animals with Jon Barrett-Danes

Ref: S1D09761


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About this course

Learn quick modelling techniques and experience the pleasure of working with clay to create a farmyard animal.

Course Description

On this course you will learn to sculpt a small chicken, looking at texture and surface and what it suggests. Jon will show you how to construct and model the small details that will bring your chicken alive. You should also have time to make a small head of any animal you like using the same techniques as for the chicken.

Please bring with you plenty of photographs etc. of the animal(s) you may like to model.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes the cost of all clay, glazing and firing costs.

What students need to bring

  • To make your head you should bring plenty of source material including photographs from different angles. Drawings are a good resource if possible as they make you look, even plastic toy models help.
  • An apron
  • A box if you plan to take your animal home with you
Firing and glazing options: 1. Leave any raw, finished pieces that you wish to keep, for biscuit firing, basic glazing and re-firing by the College, for collection within six months. 2. Leave raw, finished pieces for biscuit firing at the College. You can then book a place on a Glazing Day and glaze your own work (allowing four weeks for your work to be biscuit fired). This work will be re-fired after glazing and available for collection within six months. 3. Take away your unfired pots for firing and glazing elsewhere.


Jon Barrett-Danes

Jon Barrett-Danes specialises in modelling animals and thrown work. He trained at Bristol and has followed a family tradition spanning six generations of working with clay.

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