Experimenting with the laser cutter

Today I have been etching my collection of photographed textural matter onto perspex with the laser cutter.

At a later stage I would like to experiment with printing from these perspex etchings.

To see the results of my perspex printing experiments, please see Perspex etchings and prints.



York Open Studios 2015 Announcement

I am pleased to announce that I will be partaking in York Open Studios 2015.

To celebrate the 14th anniversary of the Open Studios, the event will take place across two weekends in April and has an extended number of 95 exhibiting artists.

 The Open studios event is open to all members of the public and gives people a chance to see the rarity of the artists’ studio and how each artist creates their work.

From the 17th – 19th April and 25th – 26th April my work will be exhibited within the Arts Foyer of York St John University.

Weekend 1

Friday 17th April

6pm -9pm

Saturday 18th April

10am – 6pm

Sunday 19th April

11am – 5pm

Weekend 2

Saturday 25th April

10am – 6pm

Sunday 26th April

11am – 5pm

For More information visit the York Open Studios Website Here.

Plaster casting part two

If you wish to keep the clay impressions then carefully peel them away from the plaster. The clay can be fired afterwards.

When the clay has been peeled away, you will be left with a solid impression from your clay surface.

I will be using my plaster casts to create silicone rubber impressions. To see the final step in this three part process, please view my next post on Experimenting with silicone rubber.

Plaster Casting

Step two – working with clay / plaster casting

To view the first step in this process please see my previous post on Working with clay.

Once I was satisfied with the markings on my clay pieces it was time to cast them in plaster.

If you are new to plaster casting and would like to try it for yourself follow the instructions below.



What you will need:

Casting Plaster

Rubber Bowl

Cold tap water


Work bench


What to do:

  • Half fill a mixing bowl with cold tap water.
  • Sprinkle a hand full of plaster powder into the bowl.
  • Repeat this step a hand full at a time until the plaster begins to form a heap onto of the water’s surface.
  • Once the plaster powder has formed a heap, stick your hand into the bowl and begin mixing the plaster with the water.
  • Break up any lumps you can feel.
  • If the mixture feels runny you will need to add more plaster (it should be the consistency of double cream.
  • Once the desired consistency is reached, dribble handfuls of plaster over your clay moulds.
  • When you have covered the clay with a thin layer of plaster, gently give it a shake to disperse of any air bubbles.
  • The surface of the plaster will begin to thicken and become cheese-like. Use a ruler to square off any spillages of plaster.
  • Dribble another layer of plaster over the first layer and repeat until you have built up about four layers.
  • Use the ruler again to square off any spillage’s.
  • Cover with clingfilm and leave to set for a few days.


To view the final steps in this process please see my next posts on Plaster casting part two and Experimenting with silicone rubber.