Mouldmaking & Slipcasting with Ed Bentley, Potclays Ltd, Tuesday, 08. September 2020

This two-day intermediate level hands-on course will guide you through the process of plaster mould making for slip casting. Fast-paced and informal, Ed will demonstrate various techniques from the preparation of a shape to produce in ceramic to the making of a plaster mould from this shape. A slipcasting demonstration will also be given together with the opportunity to practice this technique using ready-made moulds. On the first day please bring with you an object you would like to make a mould from, if you can visualise making a one or two part mould from it and its no larger than approximately 20cm it should be ideal. At the end of the course you can then take your completed mould home to dry out before taking slip-casts from it. 
Ed Bentley is an award-winning shape designer and product developer with over 30 years experience within the global ceramic industry. Ed teaches at degree level nationally and runs his own mould-making courses from his workshop in Staffordshire.
Items to bring: Suitable P3 respirator mask (see here), Small object for casting (see above), towel, apron, notepad, pen, means of getting your finished moulds home (e.g. cardboard crate)
Included: Course materials, lunch, refreshments, preferential discounts against all of our products.

Dietary requirements must be notified at time of booking.
Book early to avoid disappointment. This is a very popular course and due to the intensive nature of the tuition, places are restricted to a maximum of 8. 
Please look out for an email in the week prior to the course - it will contain important information so please ensure sales@ is added to your email 'white list'.
Photography and filming takes place at all Potclays events. Material may be used publicly on social media and in Potclays marketing activity. If you have any concerns, please speak to a member of staff. 
There may be an opportunity during our 2 and 3 day courses to attend a factory tour (45-60mins) giving a unique insight into how Potclays clay is made. This tour will be entirely optional. Please contact us if you would like to check if a factory tour will be available during your course. 
Full information about our courses including booking terms can be found at this link.

Our courses & workshops are ideal for Educators and we can provide on request a certificate of attendance/completion to support CPD requirements. Please email us for details.
For GPS directions to our front entrance please use postcode ST4 6JW (enter no. 447 if prompted by your device). 6ft10” height restriction at front entrance. Please contact us to make special access arrangements if your vehicle is over this height.
We will always make every effort to accommodate those with physical disabilities. Our factory is a very old and rambling building (it was a Victorian teapot factory in a former life) and access to our classroom, WC’s and upper showroom is only made possible through the use of temporary ramps. Please speak to us before booking a course place or visiting us so we can discuss how to best meet your needs.
Lunch will consist of a buffet prepared by The Quarter café in Piccadilly, Hanley. You must indicate any special dietary needs in the special instructions at checkout or send us a separate email. The Quarter are able to cater for the following special dietary requirements. Unfortunately, The Quarter cannot guarantee their food is free of nut traces. If you have dietary requirements outside of this list, please contact us:
• Vegetarian • Vegan • Gluten-free • Dairy-free

Tuesday, 08. September 2020, Potclays Ltd, Mouldmaking & Slipcasting with Ed Bentley

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