13 - 19 November, 2019

Course fee:
200.000 ft.
(Hungarian Forint)

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Susan Halls (Great Britain)

"My obsession with animals and animal imagery has been more or less constant since my childhood so it is right that they should be the dominant subject in my work. It seems right and the most honest creative front available. I do believe that part of my drive to make animals is tied up in the primitive need to posses them – like effigies and totems.

In my sculpture I’m trying to create an image which traps a kind of animal truth. Direct representation does not interest me. I strive to create work which reinvents animal form, enhancing the facts without being slavish to mere appearance. Dog, Horse, Bird, Pig, Sheep and Goat are recurring themes."

Susan Halls received her MA in Ceramics from The Royal College of Art, London, UK. She was an Artist in Residence at the Banff Center for the Arts from 1990-1991. Susan has exhibited widely including solo shows at The White Gallery, Lakeville CT, Ute Stebich Gallery, Lenox, MA, and Ulla Surland Gallery Eleven in Fairfield, CT. Her work has been included in collections internationally, most recently at the Aberystwyth University, Wales, The Shigaraki Ceramic Center, Japan and The Contemporary Art Society, London.



This course will introduce several different techniques for a sculpting hollow animal forms in paper clay. Pinch, coil, dowel and throw will be maximized and minimized to create a range of animal subjects. Each unique approach will bring a different quality to your interpretation, the aim to show that techniques have a voice and play a vital role in the final appearance of your sculpture. Adapting pottery forming techniques allows for speed and ease of making, no internal armatures or hollowing out. I'll show you some unique construction methods and successful ways to support your work while you make. Pieces will be speed dried for bisque firing over the weekend so we can smoke firing and raku fire on the last two days. We will also work with a palette of slips with the option to 'decorate' and colour your sculpture before firing. Bring a sketchbook for drawing ideas and developing designs.

Basic animal anatomy will be discussed as this knowledge should underpin all our thinking. However, it is not the goal to make super realistic creatures, but to capture more of the spirit, vigor and nature of the beast.

The workshop language will be English.


Included in the fee for this course are clay and firing costs.

  • Participants should bring with them their small personal hand tools. Remember to pack them in your stowed luggage not in hand luggage for flying.
  • Notebook, or sketch pad and pencil.
  • Overall/apron.
Workshop /Mastercourse fee
The workshop fee is 200.000 Hungarian Forints (HUF).

Fees for the masterclass include

  • Your accommodation in a single room with shared bathroom on a self catering basis.
  • The basic materials and firings you will need for your course. (Extra materials may be purchased if you wish to make additional work.)
  • Teaching fee.
  • 24 hour access to your studio.

A 50% deposit is required upon acceptance to secure your place on the course. The balance may either be paid in advance or in cash on arrival at the studio.

It may be possible for you to make applications to arts councils and funding organisations in your home country to attend the course. We will help you in any way we can with any applications for funding you make.

Refund Policy
Participants will have fifty per cent of the deposit refunded provided that we are notified 30 days before the start of the course. No refunds of deposits can be made after this deadline. If we have to replace the course leader for any reason we guarantee the course will be held by a teach-er of similar qualification. You may choose to participate in the course or transfer the deposit to another course of your choice. If none of these options are to your satisfaction your full deposit will be refunded.

Accommodation is in single rooms with shared bathroom and WC. Rooms are simply furnished with bed, desk, chairs, wardrobe and cupboard and supplied with clean bed-linen, pillows and towels. Artists have the use of modern, fully equipped kitchens with shared refrigerators, cookers and microwave ovens. All cups, plates, cooking pots, saucepans and cutlery is provided. There are spacious lounges and dining rooms. All accommodation is self catering.

We have an extensive library of ceramic books and magazines as well as other art publications. There is wi-fi internet access in most areas. There is also a laundry facility with washers and dryer.

En-suite accommodation
We have a limited number of single en-suite rooms with their own shower and WC. If you require a single room with a private bathroom there is a supplement cost of 24,000 HUF for the course.

Studio materials and equipment
We have all the usual studio equipmen - slabrollers, electric and kick wheels, extruders, pugmills, ballmills etc. and we have 9 electric kilns of varying sizes, three gas kilns (firing to 1400c for porcelain), 4 wood-fired kilns, with one for saltglaze, and raku kilns.

All participants must be insured for medical and personal liability for the duration of their masterclass at ICS.
For EU citzens - please bring your EU Healthcard.
During the work period the ICS may document and publish the work of the artist in publications or on the ICS website.
ICS cannot offer storage for any artist’s works after the masterclass is completed.





Day 1
10.00 - 12.00 Introduction to the course
and Susan Halls presentation
12.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 17.00 Afternoon workshop

Day 2
09.00 - 12.00 Morning workshop
12.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 17.00 Afternoon workshop

Day 3
09.00 - 12.00 Morning workshop
12.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 17.00 Pack kiln for weekend bisk firing

Day 4 and 5
Free days to visit museums and tourist sights while the kilns fire. You can also continue working if you wish but any works cannot be fired.

Day 6
09.00 - 12.00 Open an unpack kiln
12.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 17.00 Raku firing

Day 7
09.00 - 12.00 Raku firing
12.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 17.00 Raku firing, Appraisal and dicsussion of works

Evening working – The studios will be available if you wish to continue making items, though these sessions will not be taught. Additional materials to those provided by the course may be purchased from the technicians.

The tutor instructs students in health and safety issues relevant to this course. Students may work unsupervised on agreed projects once they have satisfied the tutor as to their competence. There may be restrictions on the equipment available to students in the tutor’s absence.



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