Ed offers specialist tuition in clay and plaster modelling/carving by hand and mould-making for slip-cast ceramics. He also teaches individuals and groups in educational and industrial settings nationally and internationally.
You can book tuition time with Ed and be expertly taken through the process of designing a shape, then making a plaster model and mould of it ready for slip casting in your home studio/workshop. Or bring along a favourite existing item to be moulded.
Skills covered include technical drawing, lathe and whirler plaster turning, plaster sledging, clay modelling, teapot handle/spout modelling, lid fitting, sprig moulding, single and multi-part moulds, jigger/jolley moulds and plaster case/master moulds. Either visit Ed at his studio, or he can visit your workspace, please email for more information and to discuss your own particular project.
Ed works closely with makers, artists, students, university staff members and QEST scholars, providing tailored in-depth tuition to practice and improve hand-modelling and moulding skills. Resulting in more professional and successful product development.
Ed has been a visiting tutor/technical demonstrator at Central Saint Martin’s London, Manchester Metropolitan University, Liverpool Hope University, Glasgow School of Art, University of Sunderland, Hereford School of Art, Ulster University Belfast, GMIT Galway, Nottingham Ceramic School, Staffordshire University, International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Iceland University of the Arts and Estonian Academy of Arts. He also runs an annual mouldmaking course at Potclays in Stoke on Trent.
Artists coming for tailored tuition include Layla Khoo, Suzie McDaniel, Gerard Mac, Ian McIntyre, Elly Glossop, Jo Taylor and Michelle Sheilds.
Plaster Master Course at the International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary
From students/craft potters wishing to upgrade their skills, to artists and university staff development training to industrial level, all are welcome to book tuition time. For more details and reviews please click the link below but please contact Ed direct to book tuition time:
"I had the luxury of a one-to-one 5 day course with Ed to help me expand my skills in mould making. Ed is a great teacher, very patient, friendly and hospitable, and I would recommend his courses to anyone wanting to develop their plaster skills. He knows his stuff! Thanks Ed!"
Elly Glossop RCA
"I’m a student from Ulster University in Belfast. I travelled over to spend 3 days with Ed in his studio and had the best time! I was able to take endless photos and videos to refer back to when creating work at home. Ed has a wealth of knowledge and is more than accommodating to his guests' needs. As a final year student the tips and tricks Ed has taught me over the past 3 days will be invaluable to me in the coming weeks. Thank you so much Ed for everything!"
"Ed is a relaxed & patient teacher, his expertise & methodical approach made the weekend at his studio the most invaluable making/learning experience. I developed a lathe turned shape which was then taken through the process of creating a one piece dropout mould to a three piece mould - Ed's practical intelligence is hugely inspiring, full of top tips & tricks. Ed is supportive, inspiring & a highly skilled craftsman. Thanks again for a wonderful making weekend."
Michelle Sheilds RCA
"I’ve known Ed for a few years, as he was my tutor at Central Saint Martin’s, London back in 2013. I was wanting a refresher course and time to get involved with plaster again so contacted Ed to tap into his expertise. I travelled from Amsterdam and arrived with my model I needed to cast - then we set to work. Ed is easy to chat over ideas with and the final outcome was great. Cheers Ed!"