Sculpture – portrait in clay with Ian Edwards

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About this course

Sculpt a naturalistic face in clay whilst learning the fundamentals of sculpting. You will prepare the sculpture to be fired so it can be kept as a family heirloom for many generations to come.

Course Description

The aim is to sculpt a naturalistic face in clay, working from the reference of a plaster life mould. You will study the proportions of the face and how to scale a sculpture. You will learn the essential techniques of how to sculpt the nose, mouth and eyes to capture a realistic look and feel. You will learn how to manage the clay and which tools to use at each stage. You will prepare the sculpture ready for firing.

Your tutor will demonstrate and teach one-to-one throughout the course.

By the end of the course, you will have gained confidence in your ability to work with clay and learned a host of techniques on how to make a naturalistic face, which can be left at the College for 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.

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


  • On this course the tutor will supply all of the materials, including clay.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good selection of art materials

Additional information

Firing options: 1. Fill in the form supplied and leave any raw, finished pieces that you wish to keep, for biscuit firing by the College, 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 sandals or open toes).


Ian Edwards

Ian Edwards sculpts figures and animals in clay and wood. Following a traditional apprenticeship in woodcarving, he now runs a studio and exhibits work worldwide.


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

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