As a subject for sculpting the bird presents an infinite variety of shapes and personalities. Owl, duck, penguin, chicken or parrot are all worthy subjects but there is also room for species invention – a fantasy bird or non-specific hybrid could present exciting visual possibilities. The main concern is a formal one, how to get pieces to stand. Two legs, particularly thin ones can create technical difficulties, but with a shift in your thinking and a willingness to embrace the nature of the material exciting interpretations are at hand.
You will work with stoneware paper clay and use electric heat guns to speed up making. Coiling, slabbing, pinching and dowel work will be techniques for construction, so no armatures or hollowing out. In most cases, think big, let’s work larger than life. Slip painting will be offered as a means of colouring the work before firing
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.
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.
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)
Susan intended to study illustration, but beguiled by the art school's ceramics department she jumped ship and has never looked back. After two years studying for her MA she established her London studios, moving to the USA in 1998 where she continues to teach and make sculpture.