with Kathleen Yore of Odd Doll Puppetry

Location: Online via Zoom

2021 Dates:

Saturday 26th June
Saturday 3rd July
Saturday 10th July
Saturday 17th July
Saturday 24th July


You can either book onto the 1pm - 3pm OR 5pm - 7pm (BST) class for the dates above. You ticket gives you access to all 5 sessions for the same time slot each week.


£100 for all 5 sessions (works out as £10 per hour)

Age recommendation:

18+ / adults



About this workshop:

Develop your own unique style of sculpting a puppet head in clay, then create a one or two part plaster mould, before casting into latex or worbla. Explore operating methods for a movable mouth through lip sync or rod mechanisms then build in your extras; hair, teeth, eyes, horns etc. Finally enjoy detailed painting and finishing techniques.

Observe live, detailed demonstrations, then complete each stage at home, in your own time between classes. You can also join our online community group for communicating progress or asking questions. At the end of the course we will have a sharing so that we can enjoy your wonderful creations.

About Kathleen Yore
Kathleen Yore is the Artistic Director of Odd Doll Puppetry. She has successfully built, directed and performed in five productions for the company, including ‘Whiskers first Winter’, which enjoyed a month-long run at Cast, Doncaster in 2019 and 'Seaside Terror', which spooked and delighted a sell-out audience at the 2nd Moving Parts: Newcastle Puppetry Festival. She has studied puppet making with Russell Dean (Strangeface), Caroline Astell Burt (London School of Puppetry) and Dik Downey (Pickled Image/Opposable Thumb). 

Kathleen loves exploring materials and making methods. She created a clay sculpting digital masterclass for Beverley Puppet Festival 2020 and has most recently co-designed and built two public ceramic art sculptures for Kirklees Council to be on display in Huddersfield and Dewsbury town centres to commemorate Covid-19. Previous puppet making commissions have also included ten giant walkabout duck costumes for Knaresborough Festival, a Christmas Goblin for Leeds City Market, a Whoopi Goldberg stand up comedy puppet, and a David Attenborough puppet for a music video by Biscuithead & the Biscuit Badgers!

Overview of skills covered

  • Explore facial design and experiment with clay sculpting techniques, enabling the discovery of your unique style. Handy tips on space set up and tools.

  • Creating one and two part plaster moulds for both larger and smaller pieces

  • Casting into latex, finishing and building the inside head lip sync operation

  • Developing a worbla head option

  • Moving mouth rod operation methods

  • Eyeball, teeth, hair and torso inspiration

  • A variety of painting and finishing techniques

Click the PDF icon to download the materials / tools list:

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