Exploring the Body in Clay

Tutor: Iris Wilkinson

Lunch: Price includes a hearty lunch.

All Levels

Typically for a max of 7 people.

Full Day

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Join ceramic sculptor Iris Wilkinson for this 1 day workshop where you will use clay modelling tools and techniques to sculpt the body in clay.

Explore the human form in clay – fashion it from your imagination and explore different attitudes. Learn how to support your work and build a unique sculpture. Once complete, your finished piece will need to be air dried before firing by Iris. Once fired, your clay torso can grace the house or will be fine in the garden too.

Please note there is a £20 materials charge for this workshop which includes clay and firing which is payable to Iris on the day.

Click on the title below to find a list of what you’ll need to think about before the day and what you’ll need to bring with you.

What to expect

Time at ArtisOn is designed to take you away from it all and provide the environment, the time and the guidance you need to create. You can expect a warm welcome, skilled and friendly tutors plus the chance to meet like-minded people keen to share ideas and experiences. You can even leave us to clear up the mess! There will usually be two workshops going on and we encourage everyone to mingle and be nosey about what the other workshop is up to.

Arrive in time to meet other participants over a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits before beginning your session at the appointed time. There will be a mid-morning break for refreshments and a chance to talk over progress with others. Lunch is usually around 12:45 for about 45 mins – you can expect a homemade 2 course lunch. The main course will be delicious but don’t overdo it as the puds are usually worth waiting for! There will be a further afternoon break with the most wonderful cakes from Roots & Fruits Home Bakery, a North Yorkshire micro-bakery producing handmade bread and cakes. All food and refreshments are included in the price of the workshop.

Finish time is given as a target – there are occasions when the session may overrun so do let us know if you need to be away promptly.

We aim for your day to be a real treat… of course you could always learn a new skill in a shed or a draughty village hall with a curly sandwich, but we want you to have more fun than that! So we make it a day being looked after, with good food, good company and great inspiration!

What you’ll need to bring with you

"Hello Everyone

I am looking forward to meeting you all on the 29 Sep for your workshop. To get the most out off the day your should give some thought to what you would like to make on the day. The constraints of a day workshop mean that time is of the essence so you should to make a decision as to whether
you wish to make a torso or a full figure before the day so we can get straight to making. You will need to keep your figure under 30 cms approx. and the design needs to be relatively simple and contained to ensure a safe transportation and firing of the work back in my studio.

Please see photos below to give you some inspiration. If you are able to do a little research on the internet on the human body in clay, that would be also be helpful. I will of course, provide you with a starting point if you are unable to decide what to make. Some artists to search for include a Philip Elgin, Claire Curneen, Christie Brown, Linda Kieft and Shelley Wilson. Please be aware that your pieces will be unglazed, they will fire a buff colour, but it will be possible
for you to colour your pieces after they are fired if you choose and I will discuss ways in which you can do this.

Looking forward to seeing you all, Iris.

Everything else you need will be provided.

If you have sources of inspiration - photographs or sketches you'd like to bring, please bring them along.

It's a messy business though so please wear clothes you don't mind messing up or bring an apron.

Clay is very drying to work with so, if you have sensitive hands, some hand cream or barrier cream might be useful.

“Tutor was fantastic, has a fun creative day in a relaxed and friendly environment.”

– Karen

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