Designing, model making and mold making are all done in house providing a quick turn around and flexibility. Each design is considered through sketches and testing before any molds are made. Once a final design has been chosen, a model is fabricated by lathe, 3d printer and hand. Plaster molds are then cast from the model creating a tool for production.
Every piece made in the studio is produced through a process known as slip casting. Slip casting is an industrial technique where liquid clay known as slip is poured into a plaster mold. The slip begins to dry and form a layer around the interior walls. Once the desired thickness is reached, the mold is flipped, allowing excess slip to be drained. After being emptied and further drying what you have left is a cast of the interior cavity. The mold can be taken apart and the cast removed for cleaning, glazing and firing.
Although this technique is used to replicate a single form many times over, Andrew has developed various ways to make each piece unique. The porcelain slip he has developed can be tinted and manipulated producing distinct inlaid surfaces and sleek forms. Hand glazed, each piece uses a variety of dipping, brushing and spraying methods creating an additional layer variation.