April 2020 - August 2020: Courses postponed due to Covid19.
September 2020: Course full
October 2020 - January 2021: Courses postponed due to Covid19.
6th & 7th February 2021 - course full
27th & 28th February 2021 - course full
Further dates will be added in the new year, once we know more about Covid restrictions. If you'd like us to notify you when new dates are added please use our contact form here.
We are now taking bookings and we are hoping to be able to run courses again starting this September, but this is subject to change dependant upon the circumstance. We will limit numbers on the course to 4 so that there is more space between everyone and will be in touch prior to the course about any particular precautions at the time.
We will ask that if any participant feels unwell in any way or if a member of their household or a contact is unwell that they do not attend the course. We can provide refunds for cancellations or your place can be deferred to another date. We will be putting health first in every case.
We will aim to provide a month's notice of any changes to dates that we have to make. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us or call 01267 275449.
We arrange courses each month, so if you can't make any of the dates listed above, just call us on 01267 275449 as we can arrange for dates to suit you. Similarly, if the course you'd like to attend is already full, please let us know as we can often run a second course during the month.
Fee : £275
The price includes all tuition, materials and equipment to make a small object or sculpture in bronze up to 2kg finished weight.
There will be unlimited tea, coffee and snacks available all day but we are currently not able to provide lunch due to Covid-19 restrictions. If you need to find somewhere to stay, there are plenty of fantastic B&Bs and self catering places nearby. There are also nearby hotels and some really lovely places to eat. We can send you through a list with suggestions.
The course has been designed to be suitable for anyone, whether you have experience or not. We limit numbers on our weekend courses, so that there is ample time to ask any questions and to receive plenty of instruction. Previous participants include sculptors, jewellers, glass artists, ceramicists, blacksmiths, stonemasons, furniture makers, designers and printmakers. Nurses, research scientists, farmers, teachers, plumbers. Anyone who loves to experiment with an exciting process and learn new skills. Groups and children are also welcome - please contact us with any queries.
Experienced course leader, Mark Halliday RCA, will lead you through every stage of the process from modelling your wax, learning how to use ceramic shell to make a mould and then to witnessing the pouring of your sculpture or object. If you have an idea for a specific piece of work, please do contact us to discuss this.
You will learn:
about different types of bronze casting techniques
how to manipulate modelling wax and how to use other waxes in the casting process
how to fit runners and risers (a sprue system) to your wax sculpture
the methods and process of making ceramic shell refractory moulds
how to burn out the wax from your mould
about furnaces, crucibles and melting bronze
about ways of finishing completed work
health and safety considerations in relation to all materials and processes
how you can start to set up your own foundry, if you wish
You will have access to:
all the equipment you need to make a small sculpture or object in bronze to take away
expert tuition in every aspect of the process
our library of sculpture books and our collection of bronze sculptures by a range of artists
our large studio space, with communal seating areas and kitchen
explore our 9 acres of fields, barns and woodland for inspiration