Sculpting the reclining female form in clay with Ian Edwards

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About this course

Explore the possibilities of sculpting the human figure in clay. Start by looking at form and anatomy, and then investigate abstraction and how to bring your ideas to life. Processes covered include armature building, techniques and tools to use with clay.

Course Description

On this course, you will use the form and anatomy of a human figure to create a clay sculpture which captures the essence of your creative ideas. In which direction and how far you take this will be your decision; you will be encouraged to explore your own boundaries.

Whilst this creative process takes place, you will be honing and developing the skills of armature building, the use of clay, tools and techniques.

You will work from a life model with teaching aids, such as the flayed man.

By the end of the course, you will have gained confidence in your creative ideas and your ability to work with clay.


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


  • The life model who will sit for the course, armature wire and base, all clay, plasticine and the clay and firing costs of work made are included – large work in size and quantity may be charged extra.

What students need to bring

  • Please bring any modelling tools you have and any reference you may need.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good variety of art materials including modelling tools, sketchbooks and pencils, etc.

Additional information

Firing options 1. Please fill in the form supplied and 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. Take away your unfired sculpture 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.


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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Further study options

Take the next step in your creative practice, with foundation level to Masters in Fine Art study. 

Depending on your experience, start with an Online Foundation Certificate in Art and Design (one year, part-time), a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design made up of 10 short courses taken over two years (part-time) or advance your learning with our BA (Hons) Art and Contemporary Craft: Materials, Making, and Place (six years part-time). All will help you develop core skills, find direction in your practice and build an impressive portfolio in preparation for artist opportunities or higher-level study. See all degree and diploma courses.