Miniature Clay Castles with Andrew Macdermott

Easter Workshops 2021

A miniature clay caste on a table shot against a white brick wall. Photograph by Andrew Macdermott

Wednesday 31 March 2021

Live Online Zoom


Materials included in your pack:
  • Stoneware clay
  • Pottery tools
  • Paintbrush

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See our Concessions terms below.

Who is this class suitable for?
Suitable for ages 16+
Max. 12 people

What will be covered in the class?
In this workshop you will learn how to use slabs of clay to form a 3D castle structure, which you will embellish with finer details such as decorative windows, brickwork texture, doorways, roofing and other whimsical additions. We will spend some time learning how to attach sections of clay and give illusions of solid brick structures within. By the end of the workshop you will have 3D slab-built form strong enough to free stand without being fired in a kiln. As a final touch, we will talk through various options for decoration.

During this online workshop you will follow along with the tutor for the main construction of the castle. When it comes to adding details and finishing touches, you can have fun exploring different tools for mark making and adding texture with the tutors support.

What you’ll need to find at home
  • A safe working space
  • Rolling pin
  • Small glass or yoghurt pot of water
  • Paintbrush
  • Material to roll clay out onto (an old pillow case works well)
  • Small tubes for building your slabs around
  • Newspaper
  • Collected items such as bark, grasses and textured materials for adding details
  • Pencil and paper
  • Pin tool or cocktail stick for detailing
  • Cutting tools such as a knife (check out Andy’s pottery tool guide video for more great tips for tools found at home and outside)
Andrew Macdermott is a product of evening pottery classes at Milton Keynes Arts Centre. ‘I fell in love with the tactile clay immediately and now a few years on I teach the class I learnt in.’ Andy makes and sells Icelandic-inspired ceramic pieces at craft fairs and galleries across the country.

*Concession rate applies if you receive any of the below:

  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Council Tax Benefit
  • Disability Allowance/Personal Independence Payment
  • Universal Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Incapacity Benefit/Employment Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance

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