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Practical workshop with Rebecca Buck, ‘Using Clay Armatures to Build Sculpture’


Friday 8th November 2019, 10am – 5pm
Highfield Ceramics, Longdrag Hill, Tiverton, Devon.  EX16 5NF 

Please Note: Fully Booked – waiting list only

Based in South Wales, Rebecca Buck is an extremely talented sculptor and teacher. Her work is in many private and public collections, including commemorative installations. There is a huge amount of information about her, her sculptures, methods and approaches on her website, She is extremely generous and inspirational in sharing her techniques and has a wealth of knowledge to meet any technical challenge. I’ve been lucky enough to attend two workshop sessions with her and am delighted that she has agreed to run one for us!

Rebecca will show us how to use traditional portraiture techniques on a clay armature, an approach which allows the maker ‘to manage the weight, design and sometimes overwhelming amount of information in a sculpture. It provides a clear progression for the form that sets your creativity free, and it is great for any scale of sculpture including ‘monumental’.

As this will only be a one-day workshop, Rebecca will allow participants to make a sculpture on any theme they wish, while focussing on techniques and approach to give a valuable framework for progress. You can choose to make a figure or animal, or an abstract form, but expect to complete the sculpture at home. Overall size can be anything up to 30cm high.

ES50 Crank clay will be provided, which is an excellent handbuilding material (12.5kg bag per person). You can also bring your own clay to add a variety of surfaces – just be aware of the different shrinkage rates and firing demands if you do this. You will need to bring an A4 image of the skeleton of your proposed subject (abstracts will only need a sketch), but more information about this will be provided to participants in due course.

The workshop will be in Rosie Edmondston-Lowe’s studio on the outskirts of Tiverton. Many of you will be familiar with this venue as it has been the location for our annual social firing day for several years. Places are restricted to 12, not only because of space but also to allow plenty of time for Rebecca to focus on everyone’s individual projects.

The fee for this outstanding opportunity will be £55, which is a significant bargain. As there are only 12 places, it will be a ‘members only’ event so do book promptly, either by returning the booking form enclosed with the latest edition of the magazine or click the link to the application form, Download PDF or Download Word Form download it and email it to Please observe the payment instructions on the form and do not make a BACS payment until you have received confirmation that you have a place.