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Ceramics Summer School Option 2: Casting Techniques

Short Course - Foundation and Intermediate EXTRA - 4 Day
Ceramics School - Option Two: Casting Techniques - 4 Day (Foundation | Intermediate)

Plaster Casting is the process used to duplicate three dimensional models or objects.

Ever wanted to make moulds for reproduction of multiples? This course will provide an excellent opportunity to practice model & mould making in plaster, while also covering slip casting and press moulding techniques. Imagine the possibilities!

Spend 4 days of concentrated mould making and casting at Gray's School of Art.

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date

To be confirmed

Course Length

4 days (24 hours)

This course is designed to improve your making and finishing skills in both plaster and clay.

You will be able to realise finer more complex forms in replica and investigate a range of glazing variations on multiple versions of the same cast.

Essential skills will be covered:  

  • Basic techniques and mould making in plaster and clay
  • An introduction to mixing and pouring plaster
  • Mould Making 'drop out' and simple piece moulds
  • Making a stamp/sprig-mould/scratch block.
  • Slip Casting in porcelain and earthenware
  • Making a simple two or three-part mould from a found object.
  • Press Moulding techniques in Stoneware clay.
  • Clay Kiln packing & firing to Bisque (1000c)

Group demonstrations and one-to-one tuition will be provided.

Any work you wish to keep will be fired and available for collection the following week.



The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Learning Methods

Methods of delivery include: demonstrations, individual/group discussion and studio-based practice.

You are taught by specialist staff who will offer practical advice and instruction together with personal encouragement in discovering individual creative skills.

You will receive general instruction and one-to-one tuition tailored to suit your personal level of experience and ability.  

A complete health and safety induction will take place on commencement of the course.


This course is not formally assessed. 



Academic Support

Students are encouraged to inform us at the time of enrolment of information relating to a disability, medical condition or specific learning difficulty.

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants with profound physical or sensory disabilities are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in academic writing, study skills, maths and statistics, English language and information technology.


All enthusiastic students welcome. Suitable for complete beginners or those with prior experience wishing to build their confidence.

Tuition will be tailored to participants on an individual basis.

Required Age

All students are required to be at least 16 years of age on the commencement of the course.


Course fee: £345 (Includes all materials and firing)

Materials & Equipment

Clothing: the class will be held in the ceramics workshops so you will need to wear sturdy footwear. No sandals, flip flops, heels or crocs are allowed. You are expected to provide an apron and/or overalls.

Workshop facilities/all firing provided.

All plaster and clay provided.

You are encouraged to bring a sketchbook for taking notes.


A refund is only applicable where there has been illness with a medical certificate to support it.

Gray's Art Shop

Located within the Gray’s building, the Art Shop stocks a wide range of specialist materials, papers and equipment for all kinds of creative ventures. Open to all, both student and non-student, with very competitive prices, the staff are on hand and happy to help. Open between 9am-3.30pm Monday to Friday and a selection of dates over each term to accommodate the Short Course students.

Staff appreciate many Short Course students are busy through the day, so they are happy to take phone orders that can be collected from reception at a later/more convenient time for students.


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:


Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Gray's Short Course Team and we'll do our best to help.

Email the Gray's Short Course Team

Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.

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