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CCPS - Term 3 - Figurative Sculpture - Beginners - Fridays 10 - 12:30pm

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Central Coast Potters Society

10a Russell Drysdale Street

East Gosford, NSW 2250


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CCPS Course in Clay - Figurative Sculpture with Rachel Bunney - Beginners - Fridays 10:00am - 12:30pm - 8 Weeks

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Figurative Sculpture - Beginners with Rachel Bunney

Fridays 10:00am - 12:30pm - 8 Weeks - Cost $280

Commencing 31st July  2020


I am a figurative sculptor in clay focusing on stylised female form and anatomically studied animal and plant forms. Combining these two aspects, I highlight the inter-relationships between the feminine and the natural world. I have been practicing sculpture in clay since 2006 and am predominantly self-taught, with the added guidance of other sculptors such as Bev Hogg, Jenny Orchard, Cassandra Bossell and Lesley Weber.

I love sharing my work and story and have been the sculpture teacher at CCPS since 2016, as well as running community and regional workshops. I am a regular exhibitor in the Royal Easter Show, Bowral Sculpture Prize and have been selected for the Gosford Art Prize twice. My professional training and experience, prior to being a professional artist, was notably in the fields of group work, training and interpersonal communication; adding to her ability to share and relate her experiences and skills.

My work has featured in the Milk Factory Gallery in Bowral and continues to be exhibited at Casa Del Sol Art Centre, Koolewong as well as Gallery ONE88, Katoomba.


The class will be offered pending numbers meet criteria, morning class from 10am until 12.30 Fridays. The class will follow the following guidelines and run as ‘Figurative Sculpture in Clay with Rachel Bunney'.

The aim of this course is for participants to learn technical skills in using clay as a sculptural medium (in particular Feeney’s BRT), as well as develop expressive and artistic thought processes that enable execution of expression through figurative sculpture.

The focus is specifically on building and, although verbal guidance will be offered regarding finishing of fired work, this is not part of the offered course. As part of this custom program, each student is able to create an individual artwork providing a variety of learning opportunities for the whole class. A demonstration project will be provided as a model and inspiration for those students who need a starting idea. All participants are encouraged to create and play in a friendly, connecting and inspiring environment.

Students will be encouraged to explore, experiment, be inspired and express themselves artistically in a guided, safe and thought enhancing environment.


Week 1-8         Work Health Safety / CCPS Rules / Emergency procedure

                            Introduction - participants, participant ideas and backgrounds

                            Technical skills - including slab building and pinch pots as a basis for forms.

                            Engineering of builds

  • slab thickness, centre of gravity, weight centring, height management and other ‘trial and error’ sharing
  • principles of working with clay such as cavities, airways, drying, firing and strategies to prevent cracking in finished work

                            Use of tools, equipment and ‘collectables’ to enhance or create desired affects

                            Ongoing appraisal, critiquing and evaluation - open to class input with student’s permission


  • art philosophy and psychology to create pathways of learning, patience, perseverance and building of confidence
  • developed awareness of physiology, anatomy, balance, form, flow and other art practices to create desired effects

            One or possibly two completed builds ready for drying and firing approximately 3 weeks later.


  • possible finishing alternatives
  • feedback regarding future demonstration projects and other inspirational ideas



On completing this course, students will have developed skills in:

  • understanding the properties of Feeney’s BRT;
  • making a pinch pot;
  • working with slabs of clay to create a variety of forms;
  • engineering a sculptural build;
  • using tools and equipment to create effects;
  • developing ideas to create a figurative sculpture ceramic work;
  • a range of additional skills associated to each student’s individual project.
  • building an art practice;
  • basic kiln & firing knowledge;


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is plenty of on and off-street parking. However, we are located near several schools and when they have events, there can sometimes be difficulty finding a park close by. Please ensure you park legally to avoid a Council parking infringement.

What can I bring into the event?

Please refer to the list in your welcome email.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any queries, please contact the Education Manager via education@ccpotters.org

What's the cancellation policy?


Central Coast Potters Society (CCPS) courses are subject to the CCPS Cancellation Policy.

Read the CCPS Cancellation Policy carefully, prior to making your booking.

When booking and paying for a course with CCPS, please consider the following:

  1. It takes considerable preparation and organisation by unpaid CCPS volunteers, to present course options and process payments. Choose carefully;

  2. Bookings are final and non-transferrable to other dates;

  3. Cancellations made up to 14 days prior to a course commencing can be made through Eventbrite by the attendee;

  4. Cancellations made up to 7 days prior to a course commencing must be made by contacting the Education Manager via education@ccpotters.org. An administration charge of $60 will apply in this instance;

  5. Cancellations made less than 7 days prior to a course commencing are non-refundable, unless another attendee can take your place;

  6. Bookings may be transferred to a friend. It is your responsibility to transfer funds between yourself and your friend. Notify the Education Manager of this change via education@ccpotters.org, with the new attendee’s name, email address and phone number;

  7. Partial or full non-attendance at a course will result in forfeiture of fees paid.

While CCPS recognises there are occasions when cancellation is unavoidable, requests for a full refund will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The CCPS Management Committee may consider a written appeal where extenuating circumstances exist. Such an appeal must be addressed to the Education Manager via education@ccpotters.org.

If CCPS must cancel a course, or move a course date, we will endeavour to notify enrolled attendees a minimum of 24 hours prior to the course commencing. Attendees affected will have the option of booking into a different course (course fees may vary), or a full refund.

Before committing to attend a course, CCPS requests that members & non-members carefully consider their commitment to attend.

CCPS Management Committee


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, you do not need it. We will have all the details.


Can I update my registration information?

Yes, you can update your contact details. Please email the Education Manager via education@ccpotters.org.


Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes, please refer to the CCPS Cancellation Policy above.


Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

We would prefer you provide us with the correct attendee details.

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Central Coast Potters Society

10a Russell Drysdale Street

East Gosford, NSW 2250


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Refund Policy

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Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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