Adv Handbuilding

Hand Building in Clay for the Advanced Beginner

For those who’ve completed the Hand Building in Clay 101 class or those who have prior experience with hand building in clay, this is an opportunity to undertake your own project under the guidance of award-winning instructor Neil Grant. You can work with him to select, design and then create your piece in clay, and provided it fits in the kiln we’ll fire it afterwards!

“Once you have the basic skills in hand building, it’s time to challenge yourself with that project you’ve always wanted to do, or maybe it’s time to just let your imagination run wild,” says Neil. “I’ll be there to work with you on the design – we’ll probably make a few maquettes (clay sketches) to ensure that the final piece is what you want – and then to help you with the technical side of creating your piece. We’ll be able to build on your foundation of knowledge with some more advanced techniques, so you are always learning.”

A materials fee of $30 covers clay and firing and all tools will be provided. Students are welcome to bring any favorite tools they use.

Neil Grant is an English representational sculptor who makes fine art through a slightly different lens. The winner of the 2018 Newby Patrons Award at the National Sculpture Society’s Annual Awards Exhibition, he combines technical skill with storytelling and humor.

Neil lives in Cape Cod, Massachusetts where he sculpts out of his studio and is part of the teaching faculty at Cotuit Center for the Arts.

“Sculpture is how I put my thoughts out into the world, and so I try to make sure that they are ideas worth sharing,” says Neil. “All sculptures have an origin story, and mine normally begin with questions such as, ‘I wonder if anyone has ever attempted that in clay before?’ or ‘It’s probably not what you’d call classical sculpture, but I wonder if people would like it?’ I love sculpture and any other form of art that fuses skill, emotion, and if it can, a bit of humor. That’s what I aim for in my work."

More details about Neil and his work can be found at

Our classes and workshops are open to students of all abilities and needs. We are currently unable to provide one-on-one instruction, though we will make every attempt to address accommodations for full and successful engagement whenever possible.
If a student requires individual supports, parent/guardian/PCA/teacher/ABA Therapists/etc are welcome to attend.
Please contact Christine Ernst, Director of Education, for more information at