Bone china is a very seductive material to work with, possessing qualities of intense whiteness, translucency and strength. It is a very ‘single-minded’ clay, which forces the maker to work with clarity and precision. Its technical inflexibility and idiosyncratic making and firing characteristics might easily be a deterrent to investigation however, once a basic understanding is in place, a wealth of possibilities open up.
This course is suitable for anyone who has a general understanding about mould making and slip casting and wants to branch out to work with the higher firing clays such as bone china and porcelain.
You will be introduced to simple mould making and slip casting techniques suitable for working primarily with bone china casting slip, although most of the techniques can be applied to porcelain too.
On the first evening there will be a PowerPoint presentation in the form of a personal case history which highlights the qualities and properties of bone china and aims to give an insight into this material.
You will have the opportunity to make a drop-out mould with a reservoir ring (indispensable for multi-layer casting) using ready-made plaster bowl/cup models. These models will be supplied for the purpose and use during this course only.
You will also be shown and experiment with a variety of decorating techniques which aim to enhance translucency once fired. This, in turn, will help you identify the personal characteristics and identities you want to demonstrate in your own practice.
By the end of the three day course, you will have developed a certain confidence in working with plaster and bone china and have produced a range of experimental bowls and/or cups samples which can be taken home or fired at the college at a later date.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Sasha Wardell has 40 years experience in the world of bone china and porcelain having studied in two centres of excellence, namely Stoke on Trent and Limoges. She has taught extensively through universities and masterclasses in the UK and abroad and is a published author of ‘Slipcasting’ and ‘Porcelain and Bone China’.
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