Jesmonite Casting Workshop with Phil Cuttance

part of Make! Summer Workshops

Phil Cuttance casting workshops showing jesmonite vases

Learn how to cast your own Jesmonite stone vase with designer/maker Phil Cuttance.

Phil Cuttance leads this series of hands–on workshops, with his cool, contemporary take on an age old craft. Participants select the shape of their vase, assemble their own moulds and experiment with style and colour before casting their very own jesmonite vase.

Workshop Details

​​​​​Once cast, vases will be taken back to Phil's studio where they take 24 hours to set. You can collect your finished vase from the Barbican Shop a few days later or choose to have it posted.

If you choose to collect it from the shop, please make sure to check the opening times before you travel.

  • All materials are provided
  • No experience required
  • Workshop duration: 2 hours
  • Maximum capacity: 14
  • This workshop has an age restriction of 16+. Participants below the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Part of Make! Summer Workshops

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About the maker

Phil Cuttance is a London-based designer/maker from New Zealand.

He's interested in methods of making which endow his objects with visual clues as to how they are made. Their complex forms and sharp lines mean it is sometimes assumed they have been made using CAD software, CNC machining, or 3D printing, but closer inspection reveals that they are all handmade. Often tiny imperfections, a result of the processes by which they are made, give this away.

Visit his website here.

‘I like to think I have added my voice to the chorus of makers who believe it is important to present how a piece is made along with the finished piece itself, so as to encourage an appreciation and more closer consideration of what is involved in crafting original works.’ 

- Phil Cuttance


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