James Ort – How to make expressive, dynamic animals from a simple newspaper armature

In this workshop, I will be showing how to create expressive animal models in clay. I will explain how to make your clay forms by using a simple newspaper armature as the starting point. Then how to add clay in ways that reflect the subject’s anatomy and form. The technique is quick to do and very gestural so the pieces needn’t look too laboured over!

When you buy this workshop, you get:

  • Watch my Online Workshop
  • Bonus Q&A
    • Watch my bonus Q&A where I answer questions about my process face-to-face
  • Lifetime Access to the Replays
    • The workshop and the Q&A are recorded, and you will have lifetime access to it.
    • You can watch it online, or download it to your device to watch offline at any time

After this workshop, you could be making amazing work like this:

James Ort

James Ort is a wildlife artist from Oxfordshire, in the UK. He specialises in creating ceramic animals and often combines other materials into his work too, such as wire and sheet metal.

Having had a lifelong fascination with wildlife and a former career in conservation, James attempts to capture the vibrancy and dynamism of his wild subjects. Using his knowledge of anatomy and form, he pushes ceramic and wire to their limits and has developed some innovative techniques to help achieve this. Colour and gestural underglazing bring his pieces to life.

James has been heavily influenced by his Grandfather, Brian Price Thomas who illustrated a number of the Ladybird Children Books (including the Gingerbread Man).

James also has a love & natural aptitude for teaching. He teaches adults and children how to make ceramic animals or wire weekend courses from the Phoenix Studio – a small art school he manages in the UK.

Website: https://www.instagram.com/james.ort/

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Ratings and Reviews

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6 Ratings
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Bolger Cherie
Posted 4 months ago

Loved this workshop

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Michelle Quinn
Posted 9 months ago
Loved this course!

I'm a beginner ceramic sculptor and I learned so many ideas and tips from James and his technique. The video showing two different sculptures was great and I learned a lot from the recorded Q&A. Thank you!

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Judy Konopka
Posted 11 months ago
You can always Redo

I liked the way this was edited and could relate to the artist. Very well presented and inspirational.

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Koru Zebley
Posted 1 year ago

I learned a ton and got super excited to start sculpting animals in a completely new way!

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Deirdre Tessmann
Posted 1 year ago
An intuitive, lively workshop

What I found especially useful was how James demonstrated how to recover when the piece wasn't working. It's important to be able to reverse a few steps and proceed forward, (rather than things being so precious that you just compound your errors). Very helpful.

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Posted 1 year ago
Sculpture with James Ort

I loved this workshop and James made it look so easy. I can’t wait to try out the techniques so generously shared and am looking forward to seeing what my creations turn out like.

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