Liquid Clay: Slip Casting
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Slip casting is the process of pouring liquid clay (slip) into plaster molds to create repeatable volumes of uniform thickness. This introductory slip casting course will offer students with an interest in clay an opportunity to learn the methods of creating plaster molds to produce unique ceramic pieces for functional applications and sculpture. We will begin by coming to understand the types of objects that are cast in our everyday life and what type of molds are necessary to produce them. Each object to be cast will be understood from a standpoint of how the mold pieces fit together (parting lines) as well as how the object will release from the mold (undercuts). Instructor demonstrations will begin the class each week and will include information on the types of objects that can be cast, mixing plaster and making a mold, mixing and pouring slip, drying and cleaning up completed ceramic objects, attaching and manipulating cast elements, and general firing and glazing techniques.
The Steel Yard is located at 27 Sims Avenue, Providence RI 02909
WHAT TO WEAR
For all courses, students must wear a pair of close-toed shoes like sneakers or boots (no sandals, no flip-flops, no peep-toe pumps). Also, you should dress expecting to get a little dirty. Art is messy. In addition, students in metalworking courses must wear clothes made from either cotton or wool—syn-thetic fabrics like fleece and polyester are not safe near an open flame. Pants are required and long sleeves are recommended. Any clothing that has been frayed is not permitted. The studio is well stocked with heavy-duty welding jackets, but if you have your own, feel free to bring it.
All students are required to fully read the Steel Yard Registration & Enrollment Policies before attending the first class. Registrants who withdraw from a course at least 10 days prior to the course’s start date may receive a refund, less a $40 registration fee. There are no refunds or rescheduling within 10 days. By not budgeting for cancellations, The Steel Yard is able to keep costs as low as possible for our students.
The Steel Yard offers scholarships in all of our teaching departments, which make our open enrollment courses accessible to students who may not otherwise be able to afford this unique industrial arts opportunity.