As the vaccination programme is rolled out across the nation and as we start to ease ourselves out of lockdown, we can now begin planning how and when to reopen the Phoenix Studio!

Following Government guidance for establishments like ours, our current plans are to reopen in June (giving us 2-weeks leeway for unforeseen delays). We will run a number of our more covid-safe-classes from then and gradually build back up to our pre-pandemic schedule. We have bought a larger marquee and will, again, be running each course from two workspaces to ensure our students are both safely distanced and comfortable.

We are finalising our ‘in-real-life’ 2021 course dates as we speak, but will not be taking course payments until we are 100% sure we can reopen in June.

Please email and let us know which courses you want to attend. Your names will be added to our list and we will contact you to arrange payment when the dates are known and we are more certain the courses can go ahead.

Rising from the ashes and looking forward to welcoming you back,

Team Phoenix x

Covid Friendly Lockdown Creativity

Online Printmaking with Scarlett Rebecca

3 different techniques to choose from

More info here!

Live ZOOM-BASED Contemporary Landscapes Demos with Hester Berry

13 March (beachscape) SOLD OUT

19 March  (seasonal pot-luck)

26 March (seasonal pot-luck)

Previous Hester Berry Demonstrations

Available for purchase

Phoenix Art Club Zoom Sessions

Tuesday mornings, 10am – 12.30pm

Wednesday mornings (beginning 13th January), 10am – 12.30pm

More info here!

Life Model Reference Images

More info here!

Clay Play @ Home!

More info here!

Zoom Life Drawing Sessions

Please note:

These sessions are not run by the Phoenix, we just recommend them

More info here!

Short Courses (1-2 days)

Please note:
(WD) = Weekday Course
1 /2 Dec = Course fully booked

Cyanotype Techniques with Liam Biswell 


Wire & Mixed Media with James Ort

1/2 August

(WD) 19/20 October

12/13 December

Freestyle Stitching (Stitched Portraits) with Harriet Riddell

Reduction Linocutting with Alexandra Buckle 

(WD) 21/22 October  Fully Booked

We have a proposed date of 7/8 Novemeber in the diary. Email me ( if you would be keen to attend then and the date will be finalised nearer the time when the covid-19 situation is clearer.

Screen Printing with Liam Biswell


Clay Animals with James Ort & Alison Pink

(WD) 17/18 August SOLD OUT

(WD) 20/21 August SOLD OUT

(WD)1/2 September SOLD OUT (NB only James teaching)

12/13 September SOLD OUT

Mosaics with Roz Wates

26/27 September

21/22 November

Underglazing Sessions with James Ort

Various dates – TBC

Contemporary landscapes with Hester Berry

28/29 November SOLD OUT

Movement, Music & the Model (Creative Life Drawing) with Bella Franks

6/7 June POSTPONED until 2021

7/8 November POSTPONED until 2021

Clay Portrait Weekend with Karin Ort

28/29 March SOLD OUT AND POSTPONED TO 2021 (date TBC)

17/18 October SOLD OUT AND POSTPONED TO 2021 (date TBC)

Clay Life Weekends with Karin Ort

18/19 April SOLD OUT AND POSTPONED TO 2021 (date TBC)

5/6 December POSTPONED TO 2021 (date TBC)

Automata – Mechanical Art Workshops with Stephen Guy

13/14 June SOLD OUT, THEN POSTPONED TO 2021 (date TBC)

10/11 October POSTPONED TO 2021 – date TBC

Costumed Life Drawing with J’Adore La Vie & Jake Spicer

19/20 September POSTPONED TO 2021 (date TBC)

Jake Spicer’s Life Drawing Clinics

Improving Proportion – (WD) 8 May POSTPONED TO 2021 (date TBC)

Weight & Volume – (WD) 18 September POSTPONED TO 2021 (date TBC)

Life Drawing: Shape & Structure with Jake Spicer

15/16 February SOLD OUT

Portrait Drawing: Shape & Structure with Jake Spicer

9/10 May SOLD OUT, THEN POSTPONED TO 2021 (date TBC)

Life Drawing with Sally Fisher

(WD) 20 March POSTPONED TO 2021 (date TBC)

(WD) 24 April POSTPONED TO 2021 (date TBC)

Raku Firing with Eddie Kent

3/4/5 July POSTPONED TO 2021 (date TBC)

11/12/13 September POSTPONED TO 2021 (date TBC)

Long Courses (3+ days)

Please note:
1 /2 Dec = Course fully booked

Textile Animal Sculpture with Barbara Franc

POSTPONED TO 24-27th August

Abstract Stone Carving Course with Mark Stonestreet

11 -13 August SOLD OUT

Mosaic Summer with Roz Wates

3-7 August SOLD OUT

Weekday Term-time Classes

Covid-19 update: We will be looking to resume our midweek term sessions as soon as we deem it safe to do.

We have three 10-week terms a year, here are the dates for the 2020 terms.

Creative Communities

School-based Workshops

James works with a few schools, charities and community groups every year. He has a great track record of putting on fun, creative and visually striking art projects together, creating bespoke workshops to fit your timetables & topics.

Creative Young Artists

Being a big kid at heart, James relates well to children.  He is passionate about his work and his enthusiasm is infectious.

James does run occassional private & group tuition for young artists.

We normally host a wonderful range of creative courses when there’s not a pandemic on including…

Weekday Term-time Classes

Short Courses

Long Courses

James also works with Creative Communities & Young Artists

You can also buy clay off us and we can fire your work in our kiln, just ask!

There are lots of options if you need to stay somewhere locally overnight.

Oh and you can also purchase Phoenix Studio Gift Vouchers for your loved ones too!

Our cancellation policy should you need it.