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Courses & News

BMS is run by the Clock House Arts Association, a registered charity established to promote, develop and maintain public education in and appreciation of the visual arts. With a working bronze foundry central to its activities and run by the the sculptors working in the medium. There is also a stone carver, steel sculptor, painters, printmaker and a carpenter, making it a diverse and vibrant centre. Some of the artists also run workshops; an Open Weekend for the pubic to visit is hugely popular; whilst residences and work experience for students and newly qualified artists is encouraged.

From the Woodbridge direction, entering Butley, turn right into Mill Lane, follow for 1 mile. The studios are on the right.

From the Orford direction, pass The Froize and turn left into Mill Lane. The studios are on the left.

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Meryem Siemmond’s stone sculptures and Tobias Ford’s steel figure shown at the Open Weekend 2019

The Clock House Arts Association is well known for encouraging students and artists to visit, learn about bronze casting, do work experience or set up a residency at Butley Mills Studios. If you would like to do any of these, please contact the Secretary for further information and to arrange a time to visit.

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Bronze tuition and courses are available at Butley, these are ongoing tuition or studio sessions with Jim Racine and we will be organising a four day course in the summer.

The drop-ins are for 1 to 1 (or 2) for introductory lessons and is priced per day per person plus materials. They are usually designed around making a hand held sized bronze in either Italian ludo, or ceramic shell lost wax casting, from a directly modelled or found object. Tuition is also available for rubber jacket mould making.

The studio sessions are for more practiced artists who need facility and ongoing reference and technical prompts to fulfil their project needs, priced per application on presented drawings or ideas.
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The summer course will be over 2 consecutive weekends, starting with wax on Saturday and then making a ludo mould on Sunday. The moulds will go into the kiln Monday to cook for 4 days. The viewable bronze pour is Friday and Saturday with Sunday to finish with a practical patina. Expressions of interest welcome for late summer.

Jen Hall runs one-day drawing and painting, mixed media and collage workshops, taking participants out into the Suffolk landscape in the mornings to draw and in the afternoon using the drawings as reference, produce a piece of work in the medium of the day. Please see Jen’s website for dates and further information.
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