Ceramics & Glass Workshops
Ceramics & Glass facilities encompass workshops for ceramics, clay preparation, a mould making area, a glass furnace room, a cold glass making shop, kiln room, glaze lab, and print facilities. Technical instructors provide day-to-day advice and demonstration and offer specialist expertise in hot and cold glass-working, kiln-forming, plaster model and mould making, plastic clay making, and clay and glaze development.
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. Facilities in the mould making area 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. In addition the glaze lab has a spray booth, mixer, ball mill and electronic scales equipment.
Glass facilities include a hot glass room and a cold glass making shop. There are two pot furnaces for hot glass, 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 lampworking 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 lampworking 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."