3 day lost wax casting course
Beginner to Intermediate
This is a fully comprehensive course which will teach you the whole process of lost wax casting in glass. It’ll be an intensive and focussed look at what’s possible to achieve in a short space of time.
The emphasis will be on working with wax to achieve moulded textures and form.
Students will be working with alginate, rubber and silicone to make master moulds, before going onto reproducing waxes and constructing them into their final forms. Refractory mould making will then take over, followed by instruction on glass quantities and preparation for the kiln, and finally firing the moulds and learning about kiln schedules. The moulds will go into the kiln at the end of the last day.
Some questions answered....
+ Q1 | What are the aims for the course and what will it cover?
This is an opportunity to be taught how to do things the right way, step by step from the beginning of the process to the end – proper, safe and effective methods and processes to get the best out of your work. The course will teach you skills for life and methods of working that mean you will have all the information you need to be able to work independently.
+ Q2 | Is this class for me?
Yes if you want to learn the process of lost wax casting and be taught by an expert who has been working with the technique and teaching for over 20 years. No previous experience is necessary as you’ll be taught comprehensively. If you have got some experience that’s great – I promise I’ll add to your skills base and knowledge and will be able to teach you methods and techniques that you don’t already know. A maximum of 6 students means that lots of personal attention can be given.
Whether you’re a self-taught beginner, or a graduate, you’ll benefit from this course.
+ Q3 | How many pieces will I make?
Most students end up with around 3 moulds going into the kiln on the last day. You may have chosen to focus most of your time on 1 specific technique/wax model, in which case you may only end up with 1 mould going into the kiln – that’s fine – it’s not about quantity, but quality of learning.
+ Q4 | How long is the course?
It’s a 3 day course running on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 ‘til 5pm with an hour’s lunch break.
+ Q5 | How much is it?
+ Q6 | What’s included in the price?
Expert tuition by one of the UK’s most well respected glass artists in her own spacious and well equipped studio. All tools, equipment and basic materials are provided. As well as... tea, coffee, a delicious homemade lunch and homemade cake.
+ Q7 | What will I take home with me?
Obviously you’ll have a wealth of information stored in your head, as well as notes and photos that you’ll have taken. You’ll also have plaster and silicone moulds and some wax models that you may wish to keep. The firing process takes approx. 5 days and so the glass pieces will still be in the kiln and not ready to take home at the end of the course – these can be collected at a later date or posted at additional expense.
+ Q8 | What should I bring with me?
Once you’ve booked a place you’ll be sent information on how to prepare for the course and what you’ll need to bring.