Slip Casting Studio

Slip Casting Studio

The slip casting studio is where slip casting takes place.  See the page on slip casting for a description of its processes.  This studio also has two computer controlled electric kilns with their corresponding ventilation systems.

The studio has a large 75 gallon slip casting tank with pump and mixer.  This tank is used for casting large pieces and for casting when there are numerous small pieces.  When casting one or two pieces it is easier to use a bucket of slip rather than the tank.  When casting a piece such as the 26 inch tall Victorian Lady or a 20 inch Christmas tree use of the slip tank is required to get the amount of slip required to fill the mold.  It is also very helpful to have a pump to get the slip into a larger mold.

We have around 1500 pottery molds that student can use in slip casting.  The ones that are used most often are the decorative pitchers, the Christmas trees, and the garden objects such as frogs, turtles,  cats, dogs, mushrooms, roosters, lambs, or the Victorian lady and gentleman,  There are a wide variety of other molds.  Many of the molds are located on shelves in this room.

The studio has the small tools used in slip casting such as banding straps, large rubber bands, felting knives ( a dull tool used in trimming a cast piece), etc.  The tables in this room are removable and are set up as needed.  For example large pieces are usually cast on top of the slip casting tank so that they can be emptied easily and tables are not used.