SCB005–007: Ceramics, casting & mould making workshops
The ceramics area covers spaces split into two main working areas: the clay room used for hand-building and throwing, and the plaster room, where students can make moulds for slip-casting. Students also have access to a glazing room where glazes can be made up, and the kiln room where work is fired in one of the six electric kilns of various sizes.
Students have the opportunity to book one of the three throwing wheels or a space at a table to carry out work. Help and advice from a technician is available throughout the day, and materials can be bought from the studio using your student card to pay at the paper store.
The plaster room has bookable spaces where students can make forms using the plaster lathe, make plaster moulds, and slip-cast clay objects.
The plaster room is equipped with two blungers that make two types of slip: a white earthenware and a stoneware slip. Glazes can be made up from raw materials kept in the studio, or plain base glazes can be stained to make up solid colours.
A spray booth is available to students and its use is covered in the glazing induction. In addition, a glass kiln is available to students wanting to fuse and slump sheet glass. Students who want more information about working with glass in this way should see the technician.
Inductions into wheel throwing, hand-building, using the plaster lathe, mould making, glazing and surface decoration are available through the Smart Hub and open to students studying 3D Design, Illustration and Fine Art.
The mould making and casting process involves capturing the sculpture or object in a material which will become firm enough to be detached and keep its shape. The negative space left behind can be filled with a casting material to make replicas of the original.
The workshop specialises in many advanced processes: Jesmonite, silicone, Gelflex, bioresin, life-casting with alginate, clear resin embedding, concrete casting and finishing.
We stock a wide range of materials, which can be purchased from the faculty paper store.
The workshop also has a wide range of hand tools and power tools for fabrication, from pliers and cutters to electric sanders and angle grinders.
Contact ceramics and casting & moulding
SCB005–SCB007, Ground Floor, Scott Building, University Of Plymouth, Drake Circus PL4 8AA
Monday*: 09:00–17:00 | Tuesday: 09:00–17:00 | Wednesday: 09:00–13:00 | Thursday: 09:00–17:00 | Friday: 09:00–17:00 (*Monday is casting & moulding only)