workshops - Paula Ortega
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Paula Ortega’s intensive workshop will enable you to create your own masters, moulds and casts for jewellery and small sculpture with reusable and more sustainable alternatives to traditional casting materials.

You will learn the skills to allow you to process these in your own home or studio using some basic tools.

 Learn how to use and reuse modelling and moulding materials and how to cast your own eco-resin pieces in this comprehensive programme.

You will receive full guidance and support in the friendly and relaxed atmosphere of Second Floor Studios & Arts (soon to be Thames Side Studios), by the Thames (London, SE18). Groups are limited to 10 participants.

During the workshop, you will:

  • learn how to carve a ring or a brooch using wax, based on your own design or taking inspiration from examples provided
  • make a mould of your piece as well as other pieces (bangles, small sculptures, rings, pendants, etc.) using different moulding materials. Make your own reusable moulding compound!
  • cast your pieces using safe, lower environmental impact resins
  • experiment with colouring and adding inclusions to your piece (e.g. thread, glass, dried flowers, wire, small findings, etc.)
  • sand and polish your work
  • watch demonstrations of other materials throughout the workshop (including Jesmonite, plaster and alginate for lifecasting).
  • Take home your master, your moulds and all your casts.











About Paula Ortega:

Paula Ortega is part of a materials revolution, where artists and makers are not only making objects, but also creating sustainable materials with which those objects are made. She has been developing her unique casein-based material for the last two years. During the workshop she will also share this journey and demonstrate some fascinating new materials. Click here to read more about Paula Ortega.


Paula is currently on maternity leave. Please check back in December 2019.


Price includes all materials and refreshments.
Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.
Maximum 10 students per workshop.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this course for?

Anyone with an interest for resin casting and creating multiple copies or variations of a small object. You might be a maker wanting to try something new, a jewellery student or simply someone wanting to start a new hobby.

Will the course cover 2-part moulds?
The course will focus on making 1-part moulds. Examples of 2-part moulds will be shown and the subject will be covered in future workshops (Level 2).

What is the refund policy?

If you book a course and pay for it, you are entitled to fourteen (14) working days starting on the day after we send you a booking confirmation to cancel your booking. During this period you may cancel your course and receive a full refund. You need to cancel your place by sending an email to If you cancel your place 6 (six) full weeks before the start of the course you will receive a 100% refund. We cannot offer refunds for cancellations requested less than 6 (six) weeks before the start of the course unless you provide a substitute to take your place then no charge will be due. If you fail to attend all or part of the course no refund of course fees will be made. Paula Ortega reserves the right to cancel a course (if, for example, there are insufficient numbers). If this occurs, we will offer a full refund or an alternative date. We would provide as much notice as possible but cannot be responsible for pre-booked travel and accommodation arrangements. We regret that we cannot accept liability for an inability to provide courses where these are affected by circumstances beyond our reasonable control, for example, industrial action, public transport disruptions or severe weather.

How do I get there?

Second Floor Studios (soon to be Thames Side Studios) is located immediately off the A206 dual carriageway near Woolwich. There is access to the A2/M2, M20 & M25. Charlton and Woolwich Dockyard train stations and The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) are in close proximity. Jubilee Line (O2) North Greenwich then 161 or 472 from bus stop A to Warspite Road stop. Regular bus routes (180, 177, 161, and 472) serve the local area.

Is there free parking on-site?

Free parking is provided on site. Please park sensibly in designated bays and don’t block access points. Please note cars may not be left overnight or while you are not on site.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please send your questions directly to Paula: