Create your own clay coral colony: Sculpture Workshops

Presented by Museum of Underwater Art, these special workshops offer a unique opportunity for people to be inspired by Ocean Sentinels: Above the Surface and the sculptural masterpieces of Jason deCaires Taylor.

Conducted over two Sunday mornings with local artist Sue Tilley, participants will be taken through the steps of initial design, creation and decorating their own unique coral sculpture after drying and firing.

Part 1: Tiny marine colonies: learn how to create your own out of clay

Sunday 1 May | 10.30am-1pm

This first workshop will focus on your creation of a hand-made, 3D coral bommie, perfect for standing on a shelf or table. At the end of the class all works will be taken away for firing and brought back for completion at the second workshop.

Part 2: Tiny marine colonies: makes yours come alive with colour and glaze

Sunday 15 May | 10.30am-1pm

In this workshop, the fired artworks will be returned to each artist and finished off with coloured washes to add life to the texture. A glaze will be added to seal and enhance the finished piece.

During the class Dr Robyn Cumming, Collection Manager (Marine Invertebrates) at Museum of Tropical Queensland will also provide an overview of the specimens and the discuss how the colonising of an Ocean Sentinel sculpture could take place once they are permanently installed underwater.

$95 per person for both workshops

  • Ticket price includes museum admission
  • All children younger than 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
  • All materials provided
  • Appropriate clothing should be worn to both workshops as clay and paint can be messy!



About the Artist

Sue Tilley is an artist and the proprietor of the Drill Hall Studio. She will provide guidance and tuition during both workshops.

Her work usually focuses on the environment, and the impact humans have on it. She uses a diverse range of techniques and media, but is particularly passionate about sculpture, often adding a touch of humour and a sense of movement into her work.

When not working in her workshop at the Drill Hall, she is often working on community projects across regional Queensland. Her public artworks can be found in Townsville, Magnetic Island, Paluma, Charters Towers, Airlie Beach, Julia Creek, McKinlay, Nelia, Ravenswood, Richmond and Mount Isa. Find out more at

Image: Example coral bommie sculpture, 

Event Details

01 May 2022 10:30 AM - 15 May 2022 01:00 PM

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