Modelling ceramic animals with James Ort and Alison Pink

Pottery and ceramics Modelling, casting and other techniques

Ref: S3D11227

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About this course

Learn how to make clay animals using a contemporary technique that is loose, expressive and breaks all the rules. Typically you will make one sculpture per day.

Course Description

This course is great for both beginners and experienced artists alike. The tutors, who are clay animal artists, specialise in a form of contemporary clay modelling which pushes clay to its limits. Their technique is fast and easy to learn, bringing life, energy and grace to the creations.

The principles of the technique will be introduced through a series of short demonstrations. For the rest of the time, you will be making clay animals with guidance and support every step of the way. Once completed, your masterpieces will be dried out and then fired in the kilns.

You can expect to make a wall-mounted animal portrait head, a reclined or seated animal, and a four-legged standing animal or wall-mounted full animal.

On the first evening, you will be introduced to the techniques and should be prepared to do some preparation for your armatures on the other evenings. The tutors will be in the studio to assist you for some of this time.

Whilst there will not be the time to glaze your pieces on the course, one of the tutors will show you how it is done. You can then return to the College on a glazing day to bring your pieces to life with colour.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • All clay and firing costs – large work in size and quantity may be charged extra.

What students need to bring

  • An apron
  • It is essential that you come to the course with good visual reference material to assist you in making your animals.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good selection of art materials
  • Clay tools, etc.
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 pieces for firing and glazing elsewhere.


James Ort

Grandson to Ladybird Children's Book Illustrator Brian Price Thomas, James started creating from a young age and is inspired by nature. He began teaching over 5 years ago and teaches people of all ages. James exhibits his work at various shows, galleries and events including Art in Action in 2016.

Alison Pink

Alison Pink's work in the veterinary world, alongside her lecturing in anatomy, gave her a sound knowledge of animal structure and movement. She works to commission from her studio and teaches people of all ages.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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