Spring Workshop: Find Personal Self Expression in Clay

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Hauser & Wirth Somerset

Durslade Farm

Dropping Lane


BA10 0NL

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A one-day workshop exploring self-representation and 3D

construction using clay, inspired by the raw immediacy of

the work of sculptor Elizabeth Frink.

This course, led by ceramic artist Emma Finch, will

introduce and develop making skills, using clay, to create a

life size, 3 dimensional ceramic self-portrait head. Close

observation of Frink’s sculptures and drawings and her way

of expressing her life experiences and character, can be

used as a way of accessing understanding and creating in a

self reflective way. For people of all abilities.

Subjects covered:

Working with a tactile approach, similar to Frink’s that allows

for spontaneity, alterations and a natural evolution in


Making individual responses and personal interpretations.

Constructing features and creating expressions.

Considering ways to represent abstract concepts and

aspects of character and personality, including the depiction

of emotion and context.

Exploring abstraction and considering how to represent

personalities, concerns, preoccupations, dreams and


Investigating the significance and symbolism of form,

surface texture/mark-making and construction technique.

Frink’s use of colour and painted faces will be considered in

a contemporary context, with reference to ‘social masks’

and can be incorporated into the work.


10 – 11am: An introduction to the exhibition. Sketching in

the gallery,

11-12: A demonstration, followed by the construction of the

basic head form.

12 – 1 pm: Lunch in the Roth Bar & Grill

1 – 3.30 pm: Developing the head. Considering details,


3.30 – 4 pm: A moment to reflect and view the work of the

group, with discussion

Emma Finch has her own ceramic practice, with a BA from

Bath Spa University and an MA from the Royal College of

Art. She teaches in schools colleges and universities in the

UK and abroad as well as through galleries and museums

including The Holburne Museum in Bath and The Queen’s

Gallery, London.

The work will be fired off premises and returned for


Ticket price includes lunch in the Roth Bar & Grill.

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Hauser & Wirth Somerset

Durslade Farm

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BA10 0NL

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