CNC Routers and Laser Cutters can be booked 48 hours in advance. During busy times i the Bartlett schedule these can be very busy with queues
outside the office to book from 8am, so get there early! CAD/CAM workshop times: 9.30am 8211; 4.30pm (Closed for lunch 1-2pm)
Cost of all machines for Slade students is £15 per hour, with the exception of the Slade CNC router which will be charged at cost (check in workshop for details).
DMC London, is the Bartlett’s new, state-of-the-art digital manufacturing (DM) centre. Bringing together two key technologies, and associated software solutions, the centre services all the DM requirements of the school, the wider needs of the UCL community, as well as, providing a highly valuable service to SMEs and micro-companies from within Greater London.
To access any of the technologies detailed below, it is first necessary to generate a 3D CAD file of your design and export this into .stl format. The majority of 3D CAD packages have this export facility.
Clay is one of the most satisfying and seductive materials to work with. It is made up of millions of tiny plate shaped particles. When water is present in the correct proportion these particles will slide easily over each other without breaking. When the clay body contains approximately 20% water it can be easily moulded or shaped. From the earliest times man has used the qualities of clay to form functional and decorative artefacts. We can arrange clay bodies into five general groups:
The word raku has Chinese origins and describes a specalist type of firing where the pots are taken from the kiln at red heat and quenched in combustible materials or water immediately. Normally this type of clay will be very coarse to with stand the thermal shock and will be used from 900°C approximately. Raku bodies can also be fired to higher temperatures.
The first type of clay used by man would have been locally found 8211; red clays or terracotta. We now have buff and white bodies. The body will still be absorbent when fired and therefore need a glaze to hold liquids. The textures of the bodies can vary from smooth to coarse.
This type of clay fires to a much higher temperature than earthenware. It produces hard, strong pieces and therefore is good for oven to table ware and other functional pieces.
A hybrid clay, first developed by Spode. Normally used as a casting slip, it contains a high proportion of calcined animal bones. Bone china fires very white, but at lower temperatures than porcelain.
Another hybrid body formulated from china clay (kaolin), silica and feldspar. Porcelain originates from China and must be fired to stoneware temperatures. It is renowned for its whiteness, purity and translucency.
Nearly all the bodies we supply are especially formulated for the craft or studio potter. They are supplied as 8220;plastic8221;, which describes a mixed formula containing approximately 200/0 water. The word plastic can also be used to describe the malleability of the clay. Our clays are supplied in polythene bags, in 10kg, 12.Skg and 25kg pack sizes.
Prepared bodies are formulated for colour! texture and performance, as well as fired range. The bodies are formed to a recipe using different mixing methods and then pugged for consistency. As the clay is cut from the bag it can be formed into a ball by kneading on a clean work surface: which should be slightly absorbent. Lengthy kneading and working on a more absorbent surface is only required if the clay is too soft. When reclaiming clay it requires soaking in water) this is best carried out by first drying the clay completely. The slurry is then placed on absorbent batts. At the right stage the clay can be removed and pugged for re-use. If a pugmill is not available it will require wedging and then kneading before use. Faulty wedging can cause splits and cracks that can occur in any part of a pot during the making process, drying or firing. Air pockets can cause splits, cracks and bloats. They are easily noticeable during throwing and if only found in small numbers can be pierced with a sharp object. The air should then be gently pressed out with the fingertips.
Ageing will dramatically improve the working qualities of any clay, therefore it is an advantage to keep a 3 8211; 6 month supply if space and finances allow.
There are three basic ways of making a prepared clay body:
SLIP HOUSE METHOD
Normally this method uses clay as dug, The materials are placed in a large vat containing water. They are mixed, sieved to remove any foreign or coarse particles and then pumped into a 8220;filter press8221;. This machine squeezes the water from the clay to form filter cakes, which can then be pugged to form the final body. This method gives greater product uniformity and virtually guarantees freedom from contamination. The disadvantages are that it is more difficult to control grog content (due to settling from suspension if added during mixing). It is the best technique for smooth bodies.
This method is the best for mixing grogged bodies or those incorporating a high percentage of very plastic clays, such as ball clay. The materials, which must be processed, are added to a revolving pan, water is added in measured amounts. Rollers above the pan mix the materials and water to form 8220;lumps8221; of clay, which can then be pugged. This method is more open to contamination from larger or extraneous particles in the final body, but generally produces better moisture control in grogged bodies.
MACHINE MIXING METHOD
A method that produces very similar results to panmilling. Used in the main for the production of the 1154 Oz Crank/Raku body imported from Australia.
Glazes can be classified into two simple groups, which are earthenware and stoneware. These groups can also be classified by firing ranges for individual glazes. Earthenware glazes mature in the range 950°C to 1190°C, where as stoneware glazes fire in the range 1200-1300°C. Some crossover can occur between the high earthenware and low stoneware temperatures. For ease of selection sub-groups are arranged within these groups based on temperatures ranges. Other methods of grouping are based on colour or finish (e.g gloss, opaque, matt etc) or even speciality (e.g. raku). At Clayman we also include a third large group called Brush-on. These are glazes that were initially developed for the hobby market. but are now used by many studio potters and education, for the many additional qualities they offer. All glazes under brush-on start out life as a earthenware or stoneware glaze, but are then added to a media or gel that places them into permanent suspension to make application by brush easy. All brush-on glaze manufactured by Clayman are available in powder form as well.
Directions on making a silicone mould from an object to use for casting. The video describes the processes of pouring and mixing the silicone and making a plaster jacket for both sides of the object that will be cast.
Metropolitan Works is London’s leading Creative Industries Centre, helping designers and manufacturers develop ideas and bring new products to the marketplace through access to digital manufacturing, workshops, knowledge transfer, advice, courses and exhibitions.
At the heart of Metropolitan Works is the Digital Manufacturing Centre, housing a range of new technology for prototyping, manufacture, research and experimentation.
• Emulsion paint for walls and ceilings (vinyl matt and silk)
• Kitchen and bathroom paint
• Paint for interior and exterior wood and metal (gloss, satinwood and eggshell)
• Undercoats and primers
• Masonry paint for exterior brickwork
• Varnishes and woodstains
• Floor and tile paint
Reclaimed paint is available in a wide range of colours and sizes – from 750ml to 10 litres. A range of ‘as new’ paint donated from commercial sources is also available.
Reclaimed paint is available from the following locations for a suggested donation of £1 per litre:
FRP The Paint Place
Unit 7 The Sidings (Off Hainault Road)
London E11 1HD
020 8539 9076 (please leave a message)
Open: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 10am to 4pm
Closed: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
In addition to our normal weekday opening hours FRP The Paint Place will be holding another fantastic free selected paint giveaway on the last Saturday of the summer months:
Saturday 27th April 8211; 10am and 1pm
Saturday 25th May 8211; 10am and 1pm
Saturday 29th June – 10am and 1pm
FRP ReUse Centre
2c Bakers Avenue
London E17 9AW
020 8539 3856
Open: Monday to Thursday 10 am to 4 pm.
Closed: Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
FRP also supply reclaimed paint to the following organisations where it is available to buy:
Bright Sparks Re-use Centre (Tufnell Park)
153 Fortess Road
London NW5 1AD
Open: Tuesday to Saturday 12:30pm to 5:30pm, Thursday 12:30pm to 7pm
Closed: Sunday and Monday
Enfield Re-use Centre
Units E4-6 Harbet Road (near Costco)
Stonehill Business Park
London N18 3QP
020 7324 4627
Open: Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm
Closed: Sunday and Monday
Homestore (Referral Only – registration required)
Units 2 Maryland Industrial Estate
26 Maryland Road
London E15 1JW
020 8519 6264 (weekdays)
Open: Weekdays – if you are on low income or benefits, call to register as a Homestore customer
Petit Miracles ***Coming Soon***
West 12 Shopping Centre
London W12 8PP
Open: Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm
Closed: Sunday and Monday
Splash Pilion (Appointment Required)
Unit 8 Clarendon Buildings
25 Horsell Road
London N5 1XL
020 7700 2498
Open: Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm – contact Howard on 020 7700 2498 to arrange an appointment
Closed: Saturday and Sunday