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  • Bisque hump mould for beginners

    Bisque hump mould for beginners

    12th June 2018

    Bisque is a great alternative method for making hump moulds for those who don’t like – or don’t have the facilities for – working with plaster. A plaster hump mould is used here to make the bisque mould, but you…

  • Slip-casting for beginners

    Slip-casting for beginners

    16th November 2017

    Slip-casting a simple cylinder This project follows on from our two-part cylinder mould but the principle for slip-casting is the same whatever mould you use. This is a quick way of making items where they all need to be exactly…

  • Slip casting mould for beginners

    Slip casting mould for beginners

    16th November 2017

    Two-part cylinder mould for slip casting The beauty of slip casting is that you can make the forms much faster than you could do otherwise, and you have the security of knowing that every item will be identical – an…

  • Pulling handles for beginners

    Pulling handles for beginners

    16th November 2017

    A couple of different methods of pulling handles Anyone who watched the Great Pottery Throw Down will remember Daniel Pratap’s expertise at pulling handles. He makes it look easy, and with practice it can become second-nature as you get a…

  • Plaster and cottles for beginners

    Plaster and cottles for beginners

    16th November 2017

    Making a simple plaster press mould Plaster moulds are incredibly useful for reproducing a shape quickly and exactly that can’t easily be made by hand-building or throwing. Don’t be daunted by the prospect of mixing plaster! If you weigh and…

  • Plaster casting for beginners

    Plaster casting for beginners

    16th November 2017

    Casting moulds from two halves For plaster casting you will need: ● A non-absorbent board for making the mould on ● Clay for building up the model and reinforcing the cottle ● Boards to make the cottle ● A length…