This year the course is being held in a working studio and is limited to 4 students maximum to allow for personal tuition.
A five and a half day course is offered which combines an introduction to general model and mould making techniques for those requiring basic plaster skills, as well as the possibility of pursuing a specific project or idea for those who already possess a certain knowledge in this field. ( Please contact beforehand to discuss possibilities.)
During the course you will be introduced to:
using machine and hand techniques i.e. plaster lathe and whirler turning, hand carving, profiling, flat plaster work etc.
which covers ‘drop-out’ or simple piece moulds including spares and ‘setter’ making (a supplementary piece used for minimising rim distortion during drying and firing.)
There will also be an opportunity to make a more complex or multi-part mould if desired.
in bone china including finishing techniques.
(NB It is not possible to make a cast from the moulds produced during the course as they will not be dry enough, however, casting experiments will be done into ready-made moulds ready for firing.)
PACKING AND FIRING
an electric kiln for bone china (1260 c)
Throughout the week various processes can be demonstrated to give a broader knowledge of other relevant techniques including handle and spout making , lidded containers, waste moulds etc.
WHAT TO BRING:
* An idea of a simple form you wish to make
* If pursuing a specific project, a ready-made plaster model (damp)
* Hand tools are provided, however, do bring any personal favourites!
* A sketch/note book
* An example and /or slides, photos of own work, if appropriate
Please arrive by 9.30 a.m. on the Monday to the workshop:
Stowford Manor Farm,
Wiltshire BA14 9LH
The course ends after lunch on the Saturday.
Directions will be sent to you upon confirmation of your booking.
PRICE : £ 425 (to
include tuition, materials, firings, lunches and
The course is non-residential, however, on confirmation of your booking you will be sent some recommended B&B accommodation in and around the Bradford on Avon area enabling you to make your own arrangements.
Or try www.bradfordonavon.co.uk to book on line.
On-site camping at the farm is also available @ £ 9.00 per night / £ 10.50 per night with electric supply.
Sandwich lunches, tea, coffee and cold drinks will be provided during the course and there are plenty of reasonably-priced eating places for the evening meals in and around Bradford on Avon. A recommendation list will be given to you on the course.
Own transport is advisable but not essential.
*CLICK HERE FOR BOOKING FORM*
For further info contact : Sasha Wardell, 36, Tory,
Bradford on Avon, BA 15 1NN
T. 01225 868756
Please note that we reserve the right to cancel the course up to 2 weeks of the start date. Your deposit will be fully refunded or, alternatively ,you will be offered another date.