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Short Course: Introduction to Casting

24 August to 28 September 2021
10 – 11.30 am

Online sessions on 24 and 31 August and 14 and 28 September, 10am–11.30am

Apply by 19 July

This practical short course will introduce you to working with simple mould making and casting processes, providing you with foundational knowledge that you can then apply to the development of your own projects.

The course is made up of four live sessions alongside self-paced, online learning, which will take you from mould to finished article. You’ll be introduced to silicone rubber mould making and how to cast using Jesmonite, a solvent-free, environmentally conscious material that is suitable for interior and exterior use across a range of decorative, artistic, architectural and mould making applications.

There will also be the opportunity to discuss your own project ideas and get the support you need to apply the knowledge you develop through the course.

You will learn: 

  • How to use and select silicone rubber for mould making
  • What to take into account when designing a mould
  • How digital fabrication tools can be used to produce moulds
  • How to cast with Jesmonite
  • How to finish a Jesmonite cast

All materials you need will be provided and posted to you.

The course is run by Senior Technician Paul Barlow. Paul works at STEAMhouse supporting members with their digital manufacturing projects and running the 3D print farm and much of our CNC equipment. He spent many years in manufacturing engineering before bringing his focus to the creative industries. Using the skills that he acquired in industry Paul has a wealth of knowledge of making processes and materials that he brings into his creative practice. As a practitioner, much of his focus has been on interior and architectural design with a specialism in architectural and kiln formed glass.

Participants must be able to attend all four sessions.

We also recommend participants join a Jesmonite led CPD session on Tuesday 7 September, 11.50am – 12.50pm

How to apply:

This workshop is fully funded as part of the STEAMhouse Funded Programme.

To take part you must be an eligible SME – this means you must be registered as a self-employed sole trader or have your own business and be based in England. You will need to provide a UTR number or Company Registration number to join the course.

To apply to take part please email the following information to by Monday 19 July. Please write “Introduction to Casting” in the subject header

  1. A short expression of interest explaining why you want to take part in the workshop and how you think it will benefit your business. We are looking for participants who have a clear sense of how they might apply the knowledge they will gain.
  2. If you are not already a STEAMhouse member, please introduce yourself and let us know what you do, where you are based and state whether you are self-employed or have a company. Please include your UTR number or company number.



What is STEAMhouse?

STEAMhouse is a space to experiment, test and develop new knowledge. At the project’s heart are five key principles – conversation, exploration, collaboration, openness and newness.

Open since early 2018, STEAMhouse is powered by Birmingham City University, in partnership with Eastside Projects and funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The Funded Programme supports businesses, including self-employed, sole-trading artists, to test new ideas, prototype and make new products and services (which if you are an artist may be artworks) as well as explore the potential of digital technologies to help you collaborate and innovate.

In 2022 STEAMhouse will move into the new, purpose-built Belmont Works building.

Find out more HERE