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Cast a small handheld sculptural object in bronze in this exciting new casting course.

Over two weekends you will be guided through the complexities of the ceramic shell process in order to cast a small handheld sculptural object in bronze. This process, which using layers of liquid ceramic applied to the original wax object, gives the opportunity to create incredibly fine detail, difficult to achieve with other metal casting processes.

During the final session you will observe the melting and pouring of bronze at close quarters and assist in breaking out your mould and finishing it.

The course takes place over the following dates, taking you through the whole process over the sequence of days:

Saturday & Sunday, 8,9 June, 10am – 4pm

Saturday 22 June, 10am – 1pm

Sunday 23 June, 10am – 1pm

This course is suitable for artists, students and others who are interested in learning a specialised new skill and creating an artwork in the process.

Who teaches it?

  • Kate Ive
  • Award winning Edinburgh-based artist.
  • Graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2008 with a degree in Sculpture BA (Hons)
  • Experienced medallist who has produced an edition for the British Art Medal Society which is held in the British Museum
  • She makes work for exhibitions, residencies and public art commissions
  • Her artworks are recognized in public and private collections including the British Museum (London), Royal Mint Museum (Wales), the National Bank of Slovakia, University Museum of Bergen (Norway) and the Museo della Carta e Filigrana (Fabriano, Italy)

Course Full

Learn to model a clay head from life, develop observational skills and clay modelling techniques on this popular, absorbing course. You will learn about anatomy, form, texture and develop an understanding of portraiture through sculptural expression.

Who teaches it?

  • Duncan Roberston
  • Graduate from Edinburgh College of Art
  • Awarded the King Edward VII Scholarship to study in Munich
  • Student of Eduardo Paolozzi
  • Over 20 years teaching experience
  • Freelance gallery educator at the Scottish National Galleries
  • Long term tutor for ESW’s learning programme

Course Running

Handbuild vessels and make large sculptural forms and learn glazing techniques on this ceramics course. Through demonstration and hands on practice you will learn coil building, slab building, how to paddle handles and fettle greenware. You will leave the course with at least one glazed and fire vessel.

Who teaches it?

  • Adam Gandy
  • Glasgow-based artist working primarily in ceramic sculpture and drawing.
  • Previously technician at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop


Course Full!

Taking place in ESW’s outdoor courtyard this new afternoon class will introduce you to tools and basic carving techniques. You will develop a clay maquette to work from and use carving tools to employ reductive methods to sculpt in limestone. The course will also cover finishing and presentation of pieces.

Who teaches it?

  • Alex Lopez
  • Graduated from the School of Fine Art, Neuquen, Argentina
  • Degree in Art History from Edinburgh University
  • Worked with Jorge Michelotti
  • Exhibited widely in Argentina, Portugal, Greece and Scotland and made several public art commissions
  • Studio Holder at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop


Course Finished

Learn to cast a sculptural object in concrete which can be used as a bookend or paperweight. You will make a mould using household materials like balloons, milk cartons and tin cans and then experiment with texture and pigment before casting your piece.

Who teaches it?

  • Giulia Gentili
  • Fine Art graduate from Edinburgh College of Art
  • Selected for the Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporaries and was awarded the RSA Friends’ Award.
  • She was a resident artist and intern for Franconia Sculpture Park’s Hot Metal Pour 2018 in Minnesota, the largest iron pour in the Midwest.
  • Currently works as a fabrication technician at the University of Edinburgh and works from Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.

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Alter Egos: The Making of the Mask
Ages 8 – 12

Invent alter ego characters for yourself and sculpt your own masks using clay, papier-mâché, paint and found materials.

Who teaches it?

  • Ashleen Lewis
  • Edinburgh based artist works with printmaking, collage, textiles and pop up paper sculpture.
  • Studied Fine Art at the University of Canada
  • Experienced workshop leader with children and adults with cognitive disabilities