Ceramics & Glass Workshops

Ceramics and Glass workshops are based in custom-built Woo Building, which opened in September 2015. The building houses specialist technical areas encompassing ceramics workshops, clay preparation, a mould making area, the glass furnace room, cold glass making shop, kiln room, glaze lab, print facilities and computing. Technical instructors provide a day-to-day source of advice and demonstration and may also assist in the making of students’ work. With specialist expertise in hot and cold glass-working, kiln-forming, plaster model and mould making, plastic clay making, and clay and glaze development.

In the ceramics workshops you will find potters wheels, slab rollers, a pneumatic extruder, jigger/jolly and batting out machines, vertical jolly and pot lathes. To aid clay preparation there are dough mixers, and pugmills and blungers. For the mould making area facilities include sledging equipment, lathes and whirlers (including oval) for plaster model and mould making as well as facilities for rubber and lost wax casting. The kiln room is equipped with newly installed gas and electric kilns for all your ceramic and glass forming requirements, all with programmable controllers. A wide range of colours, stains, oxides and soluble salts are accessible in the glaze lab, with all standard materials for clay and body formulation available. Also in the glaze lab is a spray booth, mixer, ball mill and electronic scales.

Glass facilities include both hot glass room and a cold glass making shop. For hot glass there are two pot furnaces melting lead free pelletised batch, with one available for the experimental melting of colour for either blowing or subsequent casting. Two glassmakers’ benches each with a glory hole, Lehrs, pipe warmer, colour warmer, slumping kiln, centrifuge and lamp working torch. In the cold glass making shop there are flat bed grinders, reciprolaps, linishers, diamond and stone lathes, diamond saws, drill/milling machines, two sand blasters and a lamp-working torch.

Print facilities include silkscreen beds for the production of glass and ceramic enamel transfers, a RIP station and wide-format printer for the production of high-density films for screen exposure.

As well as in-house facilities, opportunities exist for special access to the collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

"The students have access to an impressive range of facilities across the College, from glass-blowing, to rapid-prototyping, to textile weaving, to printmaking, to photography and film studios."