Make a Garden Sculpture in Clay

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This your chance to make your own garden sculpture in clay!

During three consecutive Saturdays you will explore different types of sculptural techniques and make a free-standing and/or a relief sculpture which can hang on a wall.

The course will run on three consecutive Saturdays from 10:30am–4pm with a half-hour lunch break.

Please bring a packed lunch.

If you want to keep practising, you can return for another class, or sign up for one of our weekly mixed discipline evening classes at Reading College! 

Scroll towards the bottom of the page for details on the entry requirements and how you'll learn.

What I'll learn

Our experienced tutor will guide and coach you through the whole process of designing and making your own garden sculpture.

You will:

  • develop an understanding of the properties of clay and how it may be combined with mixed media
  • develop design and making skills
  • complete a garden sculpture which will be fired by the college
  • learn about which types of clay to use; how to apply mixed media additions, how to make a metal and paper armature
  • learn about which techniques and tools to use,
  • learn how to carve away and add on
  • discover surface techniques for decoration


How I'll learn

Teaching methods include:

  • Formal instruction
  • Discussion
  • Individual tuition
  • Practical demonstration
  • Practical experience

Furthermore, you will get the opportunity to develop your skills according to your own specific needs.


Entry Requirements

Some experience of ceramics/pottery would be beneficial but not essential; you work at your own pace and level. All students are supported by the tutor throughout each project.

The cost is inclusive of tuition, clay, glazes, and kiln space for up to two firings necessary to complete the pieces created. Specialist materials and tools will be given out by the tutor if necessary.

You will need to bring:

  • photographs and sketches of ideas for sculpture
  • a sketchbook and something to write with
  • a towel
  • an apron/wear old clothes that you don't mind getting messy
  • enthusiasm for the subject and a willingness to learn!

You are encouraged to bring a camera to record the progress of your sculpture.

You may wish to bring handcream and a dust mask. If you have sensitive skin, you may also wish to bring a pair of washing-up gloves.

You must wear flat shoes as this is a safety requirement. Working with clay can get very messy!

PLEASE NOTE: This course is not suitable for people with mobility issues or serious back problems.


How to Apply

You can register for this course online. Click on ENROL NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register your contact details online and verify your account
  • Go to your desired course page and click again on ENROL NOW. Follow the link to pay for your course

Course places are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. We would encourage you to enrol on your chosen course as soon as possible. If you prefer to enrol in person please visit us at one of our college Advice Centres or enrol over the phone via 0800 612 6008.

This course will be run subject to demand. If you wish to enrol within one week of the start date, please call us on 0800 612 6008 first to check the course is running.