Slip Casting for All with Sarah Dewhurst

Five week Creative Course


22, 29 January, 5,12, 19 February 2022


Gift vouchers available

We are booking up to 8 people on this course however this is subject to change based on government guidelines concerning Covid 19.

We are committed to working with our artists and communities in continuing to provide opportunities for creativity during these challenging times. Together, we have been working throughout lockdown in reconfiguring our courses to ensure the safety of all concerned without compromising on quality. Find out more about our new safety measures.

Download our Ceramic Studio Handbook for further details on our studio terms of use. Please note you will be allocated 6kg of clay for the duration of the course.

Please read our Covid-19 Booking Terms and Conditions below carefully before booking.
Who is this class suitable for?
Ages 16+

Suitable for anyone but may be of particular interest for anyone who has previous experience in working with ceramics who may want to broaden their knowledge of other techniques on clay beyond hand building and throwing.

What will be covered in the class?
Slip casting is the technique used often in the ceramic industry in the creation of multiple identical pieces which then can be decorated and worked upon during the leather hard stage. In this 5 week course, students will learn the process of creating casting slip from regular clay and the process of pouring and creating multiple pieces with the moulds provided; before decorating them in slips and glazes.

Students will be able to choose from a range of plaster moulds available in our ceramics studio, ranging from small vessels such as mugs, bowls and egg cups to more specialist moulds, such as statues and ornaments.

What will students leave the class with?
Students will leave with a handful of slip cast pieces, decorated and glazed during the course.

For courses that take place on a weekly basis, please provide a weekly course plan including key learning points and outcomes.

Week 1: Introduction to slip casting. Working together to create a large amount of slip (cutting up clay and adding with correct amount of sodium silicate to start process) and continuing with ready, a pre-made bucket to show process of slip casting.

Week 2: Finish off the creation of slip and a small introduction to decorative slip – how it is a different process to create. Slip casting items and using decorative slip.

Week 3: Slip casting continued and firing

Week 4: Slip casting and glazing

Week 5: Finishing up and final glazing and review
What will I need to bring?
All materials and tools are included. You may wish to bring a sketchbook to draw designs and make notes. Aprons or coveralls should be worn at all times, along with hair-ties and closed-toe shoes.

Ceramics Studio (Ground floor with raised tables, narrow doorways).

In an effort to make our site more environmentally friendly, we ask that students respect our wishes to reduce the amount of uncollected / unwanted work at the end of term.

Sarah Dewhurst is a freelance, maker, crafter and ceramicist. @sjdewhurst

Booking Terms and Conditions
Completing your booking with Milton Keynes Arts Centre signifies your agreement to the below terms of Refunds and Cancellation. All profits support our annual programme of exhibitions, events and charitable outreach projects.

Courses may be rescheduled/cancelled by Milton Keynes Arts Centre if the minimum number of required students is not met. Notification of a possible reschedule/cancellation will be sent to students three-working days before the first workshop of the term, in this instance refunds will be issued in full if a course is rescheduled/cancelled.

In acknowledgement of these exceptional times, Milton Keynes Arts Centre has amended its refund policy on a temporary basis. Students are now entitled for refunds in the following circumstances:

  1. If you are unable to attend a class as you are showing coronavirus-like symptoms
  2. If you are unable to attend a class as someone you live with is showing coronavirus-like symptoms
  3. If Milton Keynes Arts Centre cancels or postpones classes.

Refunds shall be made on the basis of every class students have missed.

In all other instances outside of these circumstances, bookings are non-refundable and only transferable at the discretion of Milton Keynes Arts Centre.
Photographs and/or video will be taken during this course
As a registered charity, it can sometimes be necessary to share photos and videos of our community outreach in printed matter, social media, press releases and funding applications. By taking part in this event you grant Milton Keynes Arts Centre full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming to help achieve our charitable aims.

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