Based within a busy working studio of successful artists and creative professional practitioners, we specialise in sculpture courses for the beginner, intermediate or experienced.

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Course information

James Oughtibridge is a highly skilled practitioner and has been teaching adults since 2001, when he graduated in London. Practical work is demonstration-led and tailored, as much as is possible, to the needs of the individual. Guidance and help is given throughout.
His exciting course is suitable for a beginner or a more confident artist. Class sizes are limited, to ensure a personal touch and productive group dynamic.

The materials provided on this course are the materials that James uses himself to make work to exhibition standard. There are no extra charges for materials or firings. The only additional charge will be for a glazing day, or follow-up sessions, at a later date if required.

This course is focused on sculptural slab-building, but there is some flexibility on ideas and outcome. You will be amazed at how versatile clay can be and at the dramatic structures that can be created in a relatively small space of time.

You will learn how to prepare and manipulate the clay in various ways, suiting your choice of outcome, using moulds and formers. Work can be developed to be placed in your garden, or interior, and can be functional or purely sculptural. The course is very much designed to send you away with a proudly finished piece of sculptural work and feeling very much inspired and confident to go back to your own studios/classes, armed with new ideas and techniques to try.

In addition, there is a large-scale state-of- the-art slab-roller at your disposal:

We look forward to meeting you and introducing you to the Sculpture Lounge. Holmfirth is a popular tourist destination, and there are many places to stay to suit all budgets.