Glass Casting

Glass is an excellent medium for casting, as its translucence will show every detail once cast in a kiln. You will begin by creating a clay ‘original’ in the shape of your design; this will then be used to make a plaster casting mould, which will be stacked with glass and prepared for firing. You will also be able to experience micro casting with the ‘freeze and fuse’ method, using powder frits and rubber moulds.
The course will include short demonstrations to the group by the tutor when required, with the majority of the course taking the form of practical progress on your own personal project, and individual guidance from the tutor when required

Introduction and explanation of kiln casting; demonstration of micro casting; creating micro casts using powder frit and rubber moulds, then placing them in a freezer; creating a clay ‘original’ for your main casting project; making a plaster cast using your clay original; removing the clay from your plaster cast; stacking your plaster cast with glass in preparation for firing; loading the kiln with micro casts ready for firing.

 MATERIALS PROVIDED: modelling clay, casting plaster, sheet glass and powder frits; use of all equipment as required; firings of all casts

 ADDITIONAL NOTES: All your work will need to be left at the studio for firing at the end of your day, which will take approximately 3-4 weeks. There will be some cleaning and finishing required on your glass casts after collection – full instructions will be provided. Posting work can be arranged, cost of postage will be required

 Please wear closed-in shoes (no sandals) and bring a packed lunch