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Our Ceramics Courses

About the course

My animal sculpture courses are held in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park at Far From Holiday Retreat. Situated within walking distance of the Beacons themselves and boasting a reservoir view, it is an inspiring location. You’ll be surrounded by our sanctuary animals daily – so feel free to start your morning with a donkey cuddle.

The best part about living on a farm is that you get to actually meet the animal you choose to sculpt. You’ll be invited to get them up in the morning with us, prepare them for the day, and then be a part of their night-time routine. Get to know them and understand them outside the sculpting room, to then recreate your new friend inside the sculpting room.

The course doesn’t just enable you to see how I sculpt and manage the clay – it gives you an insight into sanctuary life and the reason behind Far From. You’ll have the opportunity to learn the husbandry behind various animals, the physiological journey each animal goes through on its arrival and how we help each animal overcome their past traumas.

My sculpting method is unique and once grasped, is one of the easiest processes you’ll find. It offers the sculptor a freedom that is not found in other building processes, lending itself to movement and motions and the effortless capture of texture. This special method can serve a complete beginner as well as an experienced sculptor. The course consists of demonstration and mainly one-to-one teaching.

 

Beginners welcome

After demonstrating my method to the group, I make my way around the room offering one-to-one teaching, meaning all abilities are welcome. I always say that we see and feel in the 3-dimensional, so it’s far easier to recreate something this way than try and transform it into a 2-dimensional object. Clay is also an incredibly forgiving material and there’s little students can do that cannot be rectified – especially with my method of making.

 

Course information

Courses are £320 per person + the price of your chosen accommodation.

Tea, coffee, biscuits, and cake are included in the course fee. It’s important to remember that breakfast, lunch, and dinner are not included in the course fee, so please self-cater using the well-equipped kitchen in your chosen accommodation.

Accommodation options and prices are below. Please be aware there is a minimum booking of 3 people.

Testimonials

The Course Structure

Day 1 - Monday

Arrive any time after 4pm and settle in to your room. At 6pm we’ll get together – either in the studio or on the decking – and welcome you to the course (with a bit of fizz) and then we’ll leave you to enjoy your evening. You can either self-cater, go to one of the local pubs / restaurants or have a takeaway delivered to your accommodation.

Day 2 - Tuesday

At 8am, we’ll get together and you can meet the animals and get some artistic inspiration.
You will join me on my morning sanctuary duties, hear the various animals’ stories and pet, groom, rug and walk them to their fields. You get to feel their anatomy and see their movement and characteristics which is hugely important in capturing their essence in clay.
At 2pm, the first sculpting session will start – inspired by one of the animals you saw in the morning. You will gain a greater understanding of how I teach, become accustomed to the material and explore the form using a forgiving method of making. It’s a fun little session to get you started!

Day 3 - Wednesday

At 6.30am, if you wish, you’re more than welcome to join me on my sanctuary duties.
At 10am, we will start sculpting our larger sculptures. For those of you on your first course with me, we will be creating a domestic animal of your choice, in a “laying down” position. There will be plenty of one-on-one tuition and I will talk you through my method and demonstrate everything as we go in an informative, step-by-step way.
Please be aware this is a four legged friends course so no birds please. When choosing your animal please remember I specialise in domestic, farm and British wildlife.
At a convenient point, usually around 12.30pm, you will head back to your respective accommodation for some lunch.
At 1.30pm we will continue the course and will finish up at around 5pm.

Day 4 - Thursday

At 10am we’ll begin sculpting.
As before, at a convenient “stopping point”, usually around 12.30pm, you’ll head back to your accommodation for a break and some lunch.
At 1.30pm we’ll continue the course and will finish at the earlier time of 4pm to allow you to enjoy your last evening at Far From.

2022 Course Dates

Monday 12th September – Friday 16th September

Monday 3rd October – Friday 7th October

Monday 21st November – Friday 25th November

Christmas Special: Monday 5th December – Friday 9th December

Monday 16th January – Friday 20th January

Get in Touch

If you would like to get in touch with Felicity Lloyd-Coombes Ceramics about a commercial order, upcoming exhibition, future Christmas items (or any other reason), please use the form below.

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