School of the Arts, English and Drama

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Hub 5: Ceramics and Mould Making

This hub allows users to create three-dimensional objects using a range of processes, while being taught and supported by specialist staff. Delivery includes the correct selection, handling and professional manipulation of ceramic and related materials, alternative kiln building and firing, and model and mould making.

Ceramics Facilities

The School has outstanding facilities for the manipulation, forming and firing of clay and other ceramic materials.

The ceramics workshop is extensive, and comprises of a number of areas, including: internal electric kilns, exterior gas kilns, materials processing unit, main studio, plaster workshop, glaze lab and external kiln yards.

Students and staff have previously used these facilities to create award-winning projects, including: studio ceramics, ceramic kitchen and tableware, large scale sculpture, installations, and more.

Equipment: 

Main studio

  • Throwing wheels
  • Jigger/Jolley machine
  • Slab roller
  • Large work benches
  • Slip casting blunger and draining bench
  • Heated drying cabinet
  • Glaze resources

Glaze Lab

  • Extracted work spaces
  • Fine scale balances
  • Extracted spray booth
  • Ball mill
  • Test kilns

External Kiln Facilities

  • Gas kilns
  • Raku kiln
  • Wood-fired kilns.
  • Flexible kiln building space
  • Brick saw

Plaster workshop

Students can generate plaster models using our lathes, or generate models by found object or other means. These models can then be used to create moulds for slip casting or press moulding with clay or for use with other castable materials.

This space offers the following equipment:

  • Full extracted space
  • 2 x bench top lathes for plaster model production
  • 3 x large lathes for plaster model production
  • 3 x plaster whirlers for plaster model production
  • Band saw
  • Extracted plaster weighing booth
  • Large smooth concrete work table

Mould Making

The School of the Arts has a dedicated mould making area, used by students and staff to manufacture plaster waste and piece moulds, and re-usable rubber moulds from Gelflex. 

The area offers the following equipment:

  • Vinyl melting tank with extraction
  • Large water tank for soaking moulds
  • Wax bench for the manufacture of patterns for bronze or aluminium lost wax casting
  • Marble slab for melting and working wax
  • Facilities for the manufacture of flask moulds for lost wax casting
  • Large free standing melter for reusable moulding compound
  • Small bench top melter for reusable moulding
  • Compressed air supply thorughout workshop
  • Resin workshop with full LEV extraction and facilities for the casting and laminating of polyester resins. 

Castings can be taken from moulds in a range of materials, including:

  • Plaster
  • Wax
  • Concrete
  • Paper pulp
  • Silicon rubber
  • Jesmonite acrylic resin,
  • Lear casting resin
  • GRP

Plaster workshop

Once students have created a mould they can choose to create a plaster model from it in our plaster workshop.

This space offers the following equipment:

  • Full extracted space
  • 2 x bench top lathes for plaster model production
  • 3 x large lathes for plaster model production
  • 3 x plaster whirlers for plaster model production
  • Band saw
  • Plaster weighing booth
  • Large smooth concrete work table

 

Health and Safety

Please note that access to all our hubs is subject to students completing any prequisite induction sessions, and to staff being available to supervise students where appropriate.