Sculptural Ceramics

Sculptural Ceramics is a beginner’s course open to exploring clay in its elemental form of raw material to hard ceramic. We will use newspaper and masking tape as armature and place clay over the form to hold the structure together. This will take time each week to build the shapes and to render and finalize the piece. We will be creating anatomical busts from head to shoulders approx. 30cm tall modelled from pictures. Students will use a diary to draw and create sketches before modelling the work. We will also create sample pieces to experiment a variety of colours on before colouring the final work. The clay will be fired at least once unless glazes or oxides will be used. It will be an easy step by step process of creating a quarter figure of a person with additions of personal expressions from the student.

Course Outline:

Week1 Students will be introduced to figurative ceramics and images of sculptural busts. They will start to draw and come up with their own face and torso. Students will begin making clay samples.
Week 2-5 Students will be creating their models from armature newspaper to adding the clay form. Firing will take place I this time too.
Week 6-8 Students will be colouring in their sculptures to finalise work.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students gain skills in clay and sculptural techniques
  • Students learn about the clay firing process
  • Students creativity and knowledge expands throughout the course

What to bring:


  • 1 x bag clay
  • 1 x apron
  • 1 x drawing pad for ideas

Note: Students can buy the colours later as the course starts. So they can buy either glazes, acrylic paints or enamels from any art, ceramic or $2 shop.

About the Tutor:

'Maryann is an artist and art teacher for over 15 years working across all ages in various locations around Sydney. She has a Master of Teaching Degree and Honours in Visual Arts. She has studied at Tom Bass Sculpture School and National Art School.'

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.