A woman is sculpting clay, forming a man who is connected to roots

About Ceramic Garden Sculpture (SC04 Summer)

Learn how to realise your ideas with clay and other contemporary materials in this ceramic garden sculpture course.

What will you learn on this course?

This course will teach contemporary techniques in creating 3D sculptural artworks from clay and other materials. Taking inspiration from a range of sculptural styles, techniques and artists, students will be supported to develop their own ideas for a sculpture project. You may choose to create work that is figurative, representational, or abstract, and can work with a wide range of materials including ceramics which are suitable for outdoor spaces. The tutor will guide you through the process of creating the work and will cover:

  • Researching and developing your ideas
  • Producing drawing and designs
  • Visualising 3D forms
  • Construction techniques
  • Understanding the properties of materials and how to work with them
  • Choosing the most appropriate medium
  • Finishing techniques including ceramic decoration and firing

You will learn to develop your observational and representational skills and gain an understanding of scale, proportion and mass. The tutor will demonstrate techniques and materials and provide one-to-one support on your individual project.

By the end of the course you will have a finished sculpture made to your own design.

Who is this course for?

This course is for adults aged 18+. It is suitable for all levels, including beginners, improvers and advanced students. Full guidance is given at all stages. The course is perfect for students interested in learning how to realise their own ideas in clay.

At the heart of MAC is a focus on accessibility and inclusion. Please contact us to discuss your specific access needs. You do need dexterity in your hands to work with clay. The room is wheelchair accessible. A support worker or carer may assist; carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending to provide support.

Do you need to bring anything?

All materials and equipment is provided. You may want to bring a sketchbook and any images, objects and materials that might inspire your work.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Please note that there will be a clay and firing charge for any oversized work, please discuss with the tutor.

Who teaches this course?

Martin McNally

Dates and times

  • April – July 2025