|Left: Phil and me in his studio in Stoke-on-Trent. Right: Phil's collection of plastic toys and other interesting and bizarre ephemera!|
I turned up at Phil's studio with some very impractical objects to cast! Things like Thistle's I soon learnt could not be cast and would need to be made by hand! But objects such as tree bark, shells (which I wanted to try as the shape of clams is so beautiful), twigs and simple ornaments is possible. All objects were cast in plaster but not without a coating of soap solution applied first, to make removing the objects from the casts possible!
|Left: The finished moulds. Middle: Casting a clam shell. Right: Clam shell, mould and cast porcelain shell ready for firing.|
|Left: Phil's cast porcelain decorative found object. Right: the plaster cast it came from.|