Modelling ceramic animals with Alison Pink

Pottery and ceramics Modelling, casting and other techniques

Ref: S3D12253

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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 suitable for all levels. The tutor is a clay animal artist and specialises in a form of modelling which is fast and easy to learn. She offers the option of imprinting the clay with texture for added interest; which is her speciality!

The principles of the technique will be introduced through a series of short demonstrations. You will then be guided through every step throughout.

You can expect to make one each of the following pieces:

1) A wall-mounted, animal portrait head

2) A reclined or seated animal

3) A four-legged, standing animal

At the end of the course, all work will be dried, then biscuit fired, if you choose to leave it at the College. You have the option to book a further course on under-glazing to decorate your clay animal figures, should you wish to. The next one is planned for 14 December 2022. Early booking is advised.


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 until 9pm, 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 and covered footwear in the workshop
  • It is essential that you come to the course with good, visual, reference material to assist you in making your animals. Please prepare in good time, as described in the guidance notes sent to you on confirmation of your place on the course.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good selection of art materials
  • Some clay tools.
Firing and glazing options: 1. Leave any raw, finished pieces, which 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 an Underglaze Day and glaze decorate your own work (allowing four weeks for your work to be biscuit fired). This work will be re-fired after decorating and available for collection within six months. 3. Take away your unfired pieces for firing and glazing elsewhere. Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals, and safety boots, if specified.


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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