Core Casting: Masterclass with Fiaz Elson: Casting the Void 1st - 5th June 2020


Casting the Void

This 5-day course will be a practical, hands-on approach, the emphasis of the course will be mastering the void within a form. We will use pre-made objects or create our own shapes to make a copy and then learn how to add this into your model and set it in to securely before pouring the refractory mould. The encapsulated form creates the illusion of an object trapped within the interior space. Once you master these techniques possibilities are limitless.

You will further enhance the technique by experimenting with form, using various model-making techniques to shape the interior space and color processes involved in kiln casting. The emphasis of the course will be core casting and model making as well as looking into different types of glass, mixing techniques using powders/oxides, sandblasting and veiling processes to explore the alchemy of glass. 

Well known for her beautiful use of colour and simplistic forms in cast sculpture, Fiaz will encourage students to experiment and find their own personal expressions.

This will be an inventive and experimental course - exploring mould-making techniques, colour manipulations and information on cold-working finishing.

There will also be theory sessions and demonstrations covering all the essential topics and students can bring there work or images to show if they wish. 

Some of the areas covered will be:
• kiln casting lost wax and other techniques,
• model making in a variety of materials i.e. polystyrene, wax, plaster, clay etc..
• refractory moulds,
• firings and annealing.

Expect an intensive, creative, fun workshop, packed with information and bring:

  1. Overalls or old clothes for working in.
  2. Layers, the foundry can get rather cold or too warm
  3. Sensible footwear.
  4. An apron and your own mask if you have one (I have a basic supply too)
  5. Camera, sketch book, tech notebook, 
  6. Favourite modelling tools.
There will be a limit of 6 students.