Sculpture Courses

Emma delivers various sculpture courses, predominantly in life sculpture as well as masterclasses in different materials and techniques.  The classes are run in a well-equipped ceramics room at In Bristol Studio.

Emma, also offers Private Tutoring, for practical and conceptual advice to help you realise new ideas or develop certain techniques. 

Emma is passionate about getting people involved in sculpture: passing on her enthusiasm for the tactile nature of clay as well as exploring new sculptural techniques and studying the intricacies of the human body.

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Course Programme 2024:

  • Head Focus: 6weeks, Mornings: 21st February-27th March. £240
  • Life Sculpture: 6weeks, Evenings: 21st February-27th March. £240
  • Life Sculpture: Weekend: 2-3rd March. £190
  • Life Sculpture: 6 weeks, Mornings: 17th April- 22nd May. £240
  • Hand Focus: Weekend: 4-5th May. £190
  • Colouring Workshop: 9th June. £90
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Life Sculpture

Sculpting human figure in clay from a life model.  

Working from a life model, we will explore sculpting techniques, human anatomuy and creative expression and most importantly enjoy the immediacy of sculpture from life, alongside other creative people.  Emma will be at hand to help as and when needed.    

We use a turntable for the model, so that everyone can stay in one place to see all the angles, as the model turns.  Clay sculptures can be fired on site for a fee and be collected after the course. 

Course lengths vary from day workshops to 6week courses.  All abilities and backgrounds are welcome.



Next Life Sculpture Courses:

    6 weeks evenings: 21st February -27th March, Wednesdays 6.30-9pm. £220

    Weekend workshop: 2nd & 3rd March. 10am-4pm. £190

    6 weeks Mornings: 17th April-22nd May. Wednesdays 10am-1pm. £240

     TO BOOK email for a booking form.  Payments are due a month before the course

Head Focus

The Life model will be sat clothed, so you can sculpt whole figure if you wish, but primarily we will be focussing on the head.  We will explore how to best go about sculpting head, looking at the basic anatomy of the head and how best to represent it in small sculptures without having to sculpt everything.

Next Course in 2024:

  • 6 week Course: Wednesday Mornings 10-1pm.
    21st February-27th March. £240

TO BOOK email for a booking form.  Payments are due a month before the course

Hand Focus

A casting and sculpting course: you will learn how to cast hands, using Alginate rubber to make a mould, into which we make a plaster cast. (You will cast your own hands unless group decides to cast each others)  The plaster cast will then be used as reference to sculpt a hand in clay;  we will look at basic anatomy of hands and learn tricks of how to sculpt them, as well as exploring how to simply hand forms in your full body sculptures. 

Next Course in 2024:

  • Weekend Course, 4th & 5th May. 10am-4pm

TO BOOK email for a booking form.  Payments are due a month before the course


Standing Pose

A masterclass in building standing sculptures in clay. Working from a life model we will explore how to build a standing sculpture without armatures.  We will discuss clay building techniques with support of back arm and how to use proportions to plan out your sculpture .  This is a more structured class than Life sculpture sessions and there will be some drawing.  Finished sculptures can be fired on site.


No Courses currently planned. Possibly Autumn 2024

Introduction to Armatures

A course in building armatures to help sculpt more dynamic figures.  We will work from a model to sculpt a standing pose, starting with aluminium and steel to build a structure onto which you can sculpt.  Once the armature has been made, we then sculpt in plaster, or clay on the top to finish the sculpture.  (NB clay sculpture with metal inside can not be fired).  

This is a more challenging course, which will introduce you to new techniques whilst exploring proportions as well as importance of getting the fundamental shapes right at the start of your sculpture. 


No courses currently planned.  Expected Autumn 2024