Category : Facilities

Wood & Metal

The wood and metal workshops at SSW are housed in the ‘red shed’ together with a materials store. Both workshops house a range of hand and power tools, available to use while technicians are on site and following the completion of an induction. As well as these power tools, the workshops are well stocked with a range of hand tools. To access the wood and metal workshops, request Open Access or come on residency.

Photo: Ross Fraser McLean / Studio RoRo


The purpose-built foundry at SSW offers artists training and access to specialist equipment for mould making and casting in hot metals. We have been pouring hot metal on a regular basis at SSW since 1982 and are the only Open Access foundry in the UK. As with all the SSW facilities, the onus is on learning through doing and our technicians are skilled in supporting artists to engage with every part of the process, regardless of experience and skill level. […]

Ceramic Shell Room at SSW

Open Access

Make use of SSW facilities at any time with Open Access (O/A). Offered on a ‘Production’ or ‘Research’ basis, with non-residential rates also available, Open Access is available to any artist, maker or individual wishing to develop a project, fabricate work or spend time with their practice. Production O/A is supported by our technical team who will offer bespoke guidance and training as required to enable you to make use of our wood and metal workshops, foundry, wax and fabrication […]