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Mould making

Many of our ceramic shades are made using the technique of slip-casting and the first step in this process is making plaster moulds.

This involves first making a solid model of the shape that you want to end up with, but bigger to allow for shrinkage later in the process. From this model a master mould is developed and from that the moulds for the slip-casting process can finally be made. Depending on the shape, the moulds can either be one-piece and allow the ‘leather’ hard clay to drop out on its own, or they can be made of several pieces so more complex shapes can be created.

Starting with a great mould really help to create a quality finished piece, our mould-maker is a real craftsman, based in the ‘home’ of UK pottery, Stoke-on-Trent.

Published 19 December 2015