Plaster mould making for slip cast ceramics with Ed Bentley



Have your ceramic shape ideas transformed from sketches into plaster moulds ready for slip casting, or attend an in-depth course to be taken through this process with expert guidance. With over 30 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. I teach ‘one-to-one’ at dates to suit you, please message me with your full name and contact details before you book any time with me. Also let me have a website address, if you have one, so I can view your current work. My fee is £300 per day for one-to-one tuition. Please be aware that my courses are not ‘off the shelf’ and I tailor each day of tuition (and duration of days required) to the needs of each individual guest, so it’s important that contact is made before any tuition is booked. I offer a discount for two/three guests attending at the same time. I'm very flexible on tuition dates and these include weekends for those busy during the week. I assist industrial designers, craft potters, students or indeed anyone with a passion for ceramics who wish to develop their skills further. 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 ceramic methods of ceramic production. In a very friendly, relaxed and informal atmosphere, your project will take shape before your very eyes! I offer specialist ‘staff development’ tuition for university tutors and technicians, who wish to expand their knowledge via professional development. Please contact me for the price per day for this specialist tuition. 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 • Simple 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 • Tea pot 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. Some guests bring along an existing item (such as a found object, existing ceramic shape or wheel-thrown pot) that they wish to make moulds from. I'm 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. For those who haven't got the time to learn these in-depth skills personally, I offer a complete shape design, plaster modelling, mould making & small batch ceramic production service. In this case, please send me you ideas/images/sketches via email and I'll supply a detailed quotation.

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 (flexible times to suit)

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