Sculpting hands and feet in terracotta with Jon Edgar

Modelling, casting and other techniques

Ref: S1D12181

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About this course

Observing from a model, sculpt both hands and feet in clay with life and expression.

Course Description

This taster day provides you with an introduction to the techniques of sculpting in clay with a professional sculptor.

Working from a model you will explore the forms of the hand and foot, considering the underlying anatomy, through observation. You will be encouraged to sculpt works with life and expression that emerge as both naturalistic and representational.

The tutor will support you throughout with demonstrations and one-to-one guidance as you learn which tools to use, how to observe and sculpt your subject and how to manage clay.

By the end of the day, you will have completed several hands and feet, learned the basic techniques of sculpting by adding and by taking away, and of clay management.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • A base, all clay, firing costs and the model.
  • Works will be ready for collection approximately eight weeks after the course or you can take them home for firing elsewhere.

What students need to bring

  • Overall/apron
  • Cardboard box and plastic bag if taking away unfired work
  • A stamped, self-addressed postcard (or a card with your name and email address) if leaving your work at the College for firing so that we can let you know when your work is ready for collection.
Firing options 1. Fill in the form supplied and leave any raw, finished pieces that you wish to keep, for biscuit firing, for collection within six months. 2. Take away your unfired sculpture for firing elsewhere. Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no open toes or sandals).


Jon Edgar

A tutor with 10 years experience teaching at West Dean on both short and degree courses, he has recently created bespoke short sculpture courses for the degree course at UCA, Canterbury, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, UEA.

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