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About Introduction to Slip Cast Tableware (CE102 Autumn)

Slip casting is the easiest way to produce high quality, consistent ceramics and the perfect introduction to working with clay. Learn to use coloured clays and white stoneware to develop decorative techniques to produce items for your dining table.

What will you learn on this course?

On this course you will be taught to use pre-made slip casting moulds to produce a series of tableware items. Chose from a range of plates, bowls and mugs to create six high quality items of your choice over several weeks.

You will learn basic ceramics techniques including press and slip casting moulds, glazing techniques and the firing process. In addition, coloured clays are available for students to develop decorative techniques for surface decoration.

As you progress you will have the opportunity to also learn basic mould making techniques such as press moulds.

You will be encouraged to develop your own ideas and the tutor will teach you how to translate these ideas into your own unique designs. Our fully equipped pottery studio will give you access to various stoneware clays, glazes, coloured slips, all necessary tools and firing kilns.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners with no previous experience as full instruction and guidance is given, and to those experienced in ceramics who want to learn new techniques or work independently with tutor guidance and support given as needed.

At the heart of MAC is a focus on accessibility and inclusion. Please contact us to discuss your specific access needs. You do need dexterity in your hands to work with clay. The room is wheelchair accessible. A support worker or carer may assist; carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending to provide support.

Do you need to bring anything?

All equipment and materials are provided. You are welcome to bring and use any moulds you have created in the past.

Are there any additional costs?

The course price includes all materials and firing to produce six pieces of tableware from pre-made moulds. Any further pieces must be discussed with the Tutor in advance and may be subject to additional costs. Work produced from moulds made during the workshop are, within reason, included in the course fee. Please note that there will be a clay and firing charge for any oversized work.

Who teaches this course?

Libby Gillies

Dates and times

  • September – December