Handbuilding Neil

Hand Building in Clay 101

Join award-winning sculptor Neil Grant as he teaches you how to make all sorts of clay objects using your hands and a washing wringer (known as a slab roller in the trade). This is a great opportunity for students to learn to make a variety of beautiful pieces in clay such as bags, shoes, clothing, faces and even figures in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Neil will demonstrate the underlying principles of hand building and will then work with you on a series of art projects. This class is suitable for beginners and those who just want to get a little off the beaten track with their art projects.

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 www.granty-art.com

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 christine@cotuitcenterforthearts.org