Plaster mould making for slip cast ceramics with Ed Bentley



Have your ceramic shape ideas transformed from sketches/photos into plaster models and moulds ready for slip casting. My in-depth one-to-one tuition takes attendees through this product development process with expert guidance. Come and learn how to turn plaster shapes on a lathe, carve plaster by hand, working on surfaces with various techniques and then make moulds of these shapes for slip casting. I offer over 35 years experience as a professional ceramic shape designer, product developer and educator, I’m able to assist all makers with their design ideas and small batch ceramic production projects. From simple drop-out moulds, to more complicated multi-part moulds, every skill and process is covered to industrial standards. Please be aware that my course is not ‘off the shelf’ and I tailor each day's tuition to the needs of each individual student, so it’s important to message me with your specific requirements before booking tuition time. The fee per day for one-to-one tuition is £350 and available for as many days as your budget will allow. I'm flexible on tuition dates, so please get in touch with me to arrange the time required to complete your particular project. I assist industrial designers, craft potters, students or indeed anyone with a passion for ceramics who wish to develop their skills further. All skill levels welcome. You may have a large order to fulfil and wish to speed up the making process by casting from plaster moulds, or simply be interested in learning more about industrial methods of ceramic production. In a very friendly, relaxed and informal atmosphere, your project will take shape before your very eyes! All guests are very welcome to visit my studio, regardless of current skill level and background. From hobbyists with a passion for pottery, to professionals who wish to expand their knowledge, I cater for anyone wishing to use plaster moulds to replicate ceramic shapes. All guests go home with moulds ready to use, once dried. I cover all the following skills in depth: • Concept sketching and shape designing • Technical/working drawings • Tableware, giftware and figurine shape modelling/carving in clay and plaster • Lathe and bench whirler plaster turning for circular shapes • Plaster sledging/profiling with a metal tool and template for irregular/asymmetric shapes • Teapot, sugar and cream jug handle and spout modelling • Sprig moulding and relief plaster modelling for surface decoration • Jigger/jolley moulding for machine plate and bowl production • Plaster mould making (from simple drop-out to multi-part moulds) You are welcome to bring a current project with you or start something new with me. Some guests bring along an existing item (such as a found object, existing glazed ceramic shape or wheel-thrown or hand built leather-hard pot) that they wish to make moulds from. I'm also available to travel and deliver mould making tuition in your own workshop anywhere in the UK, Europe and worldwide. If you don't require the use of my plaster turning lathe or bench whirler, I can bring a selection of tools and specialist equipment with me to wherever you’re located.

What's included in the price?

Use of specialist tools, equipment and materials. If booking more than one day of tuition, I can recommend local accommodation options. Complimentary transport can be arranged to and from your accommodation.


1 day

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Long term / weekly / monthly
  • Public transport
  • Hen dos
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Tutor can travel
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Weekends
  • Stag dos
  • Intermediate level
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Studio 28 Spode Works, Elenora Street, Stoke, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ST4 1QD