Sandcasting Workshop with Artists-in-Residence

We teamed up with Caithness Horizons to offer a weekend workshop work through the process of sand casting of hot glass, from inspiration to kiln firing with our Artists-in-Residence.

Participants and artists spent Saturday afternoon at Caithness Horizons, looking for local inspiration amongst the museum’s collections of artefacts, particularly the four main areas of Picts, Vikings, Robert Dick and Dounreay. Sunday was spent in our Studio Hot Shop in Lybster learning the processes and techniques of sand casting. Everyone had a go at translating their ideas from the Saturday into sand moulds, making impressions in the sand to pour the hot glass into.
Participant Nicole Wilkinson: ‘[It was] amazing … how everyone placed their own interpretations and visions of Caithness inspiration into viable items. It was fascinating to learn the glass-making procedure and practice, and to view the residents’ work’.