Introduction to Working with Plaster

Course Leader: Amy Benzie

Places: 6 (Beginners +)
Cost: £250 (£225 non residential)
This cost includes tuition, firings and materials

29 & 30 June 2024

Booking: Book online below or phone SSW on 01464 861372.

Information on access is at the bottom of this page.

In this course, participants will be introduced to the wonder of material: plaster and its many applications. There will be demonstrations throughout and an opportunity to have a go at making simple one and two part press moulds, and sprig moulds. Together we will experiment with and explore plaster’s use in printmaking, botanic impressions and sledging (a method of extruding with paster). We will cover the basics of mixing up a strong plaster to water ratio, with hands-on opportunity to build confidence in a material with a breadth of applications in ceramics and beyond.

Participants will be able to take plaster moulds home after the course. Any ceramic pieces made within these moulds can be bisque fired. Participants should collect work or make arrangements for the work to be collected, in line with SSW storage policy.

All materials and tools will be provided. A full induction to the workshop will take place at the start of the course, no previous experience is necessary.


Book your place on the Introduction to working with plaster course below. You will receive a booking confirmation email to the provided address once your booking is complete. Please read or listen to our Courses terms and conditions before making your booking.


We understand ‘access’ to be what you need to be able to participate in the residency comfortably and safely. These needs may be physical, for example different heights of workstations or access to quiet space. They may be cultural, for example connections with different groups or organisations in the area, or space for worship. Needs may include communication requirements (email, text, phone), translated documents or space for your family (bio/chosen), an ally, support worker or travel buddy to stay. These are just a few examples, and we encourage you to get in touch before you apply, to discuss what we can put in place to support your participation in residency.

We welcome access riders and/or informal conversations prior to taking part in the course, about what you need to work and live comfortably on site at SSW.

Contact Joanne Matthews on arts@ssw.org.uk / 01464 861372 with any questions or to discuss access to this course.

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