This year two different types of courses are offered over five and a half days – the general introductory course and an advanced course. Both of which are held in a working studio and are limited to 4 students maximum to allow for personal tuition.
The introductory course includes general model and mould making techniques for those requiring basic plaster skills or needing a refresher course.
The advanced course is aimed at those who already possess a certain knowledge in this field or for those who have already done the introductory course here. ( NB Anyone who has not done my introductory course , please contact beforehand to discuss the possibilities).)
During the Introductory course you will be introduced to:
• MODEL MAKING using machine and hand techniques i.e. plaster lathe and whirler turning, hand carving, flat plaster work etc.
• MOULD MAKING 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.)
• SLIPCASTING 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 can be done into ready-made moulds ready for firing.)
• PACKING AND FIRING an electric kiln for bone china (1260 c)
During the advanced course you will be introduced to:
• HANDLE AND SPOUT MAKING
• LIDDED CONTAINERS
• BLOCKING AND CASING ( process used for multiple mould manufacture)
• MULTI-PART MOULD MANUFACTURE
WHAT TO BRING:
* An idea of a simple form you wish to make
* If pursuing a specific project, a ready-made plaster or damp clay model . ( Please contact to discuss)
* Hand tools are provided, however, do bring any personal favourites!
* A sketch/ note book / camera
* 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.
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.