When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Ben Swift
  • Course Code W24STEF05A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

A short course introducing the technique of casting clay slip into plaster, allowing reproduction of simple forms in ceramic material. Covering mould making, from your own original, pouring, de-moulding, and finishing for firing. All levels welcome. Basic materials costs included.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Make or choose from studio examples, a suitable original to mould from
  • Learn to make a slip casting mould from plaster
  • Learn to make at least one cast from the mould, finish and prepare it for kiln firing
  • Learn & practice Health & Safety procedures of the studio & course

Class format and activities

Working in clay and plaster make your own moulds and slip casts with tutor guidance. Step by step instruction and demonstration is given on new techniques. Hand outs are given on Health & Safety, materials, techniques & reference materials. There will be an emphasis on relaxed discussion, sharing of knowledge and experience.

Entry requirements

The course is suitable for complete beginners and more experienced students, who want to try out a new technique for reproducing sculpture.

What you need to know before you enrol

This course takes place in Pelham Hall, directions are available on the web site.

What you need

You may use your own clay sculpture (preferably still soft) or object: complex intricate forms will not be suitable for mould making in the time available, but simple found objects (i.e.fruit, flexible plastic toys etc.) may be suitable. Advice will be given. These will be used at the tutors discretion, with reference to Health and Safety. Protective clothing i.e. recommended overall or apron, strong shoes or boots.

What you can do next

Progress onto: other sculpture and visual art courses in the department; foundation art and design or pre-foundation courses; and/or pursue one’s own creativity independently in own studio.