A specialist in making things with fibrous plaster – a traditional form of decorative plaster, composed of plaster of Paris and reinforced with layers of hessian that is then secured within a timber framework, or Glassfibre Reinforced Gypsum, known as GRG, a modern equivalent that uses fine glass strands instead of hessian, usually within a metal framework instead of timber.
Use these materials to make decorative items to style and improve the look of buildings – usually but not always interiors. Interesting ceiling designs, wall panels, cornice and coving, interesting shapes and custom installations that are designed by architects for major building projects.
Typical hours are Mon-Fri 8am-5pm but there could be work outside of these hours on occasion.
You’ll normally work in a team where you’ll:
You will be working in a workshop environment or on a construction site or sometimes at a client’s home.
A career as a Master Plasterer is a challenging and rewarding one. Not to be confused with a drywall plasterer that skims interior walls and ceilings, a master plasterer is fully NVQ/SVQ qualified and can demonstrate excellent knowledge and experience in fibrous plasterwork production, strong interpretation of technical and digital drawings and models, and the ability to communicate these to a team for delivery on schedule and to budget. Working your way up and learning all elements of the craft on the job is essential. The heritage, fibrous plaster and GRG industry is estimated to be worth £60M annually.
We have a structured training program in which candidates learn on the job and progress through a grading scheme, gaining knowledge, skills and responsibility along with rewards in pay and benefits. Our established team members mentor and coach each individual to explain and demonstrate practices, passing on their experience and helping them learn.
Artisan is an equal opportunities employer that values its workforce and invests time and effort in the development of its staff.
Once fully qualified you could earn between approx. £45,000 and £55,000 per year.
With experience, you could progress in the role to:
Fibrous plaster is a commonly used material in the film and television set construction industry. Its popularity can be attributed to its versatility and ease of use. Working as a plasterer on set requires extensive experience in both the construction trade and on film sets, combined with creative skills and the ability to work under pressure and to strict deadlines. Many of our trainees have graduated to work in the world of film and television and our most experienced employees have film set production experience on high-budget blockbuster movies.
Artisan Plastercraft specialises in architectural and decorative plasterwork for restoration, conservation, commercial and residential environments. We have been creating specialist plasterwork for over 25 years and pride ourselves on regular repeat business with our clients. With generations of experience our master plasterers are skilled in the design, manufacture and installation of all forms of fibrous plaster, Glassfibre Reinforced Gypsum and Jesmonite mouldings, and our work has won award recognition from the Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS).
We are based in Keston near Bromley and have over 10,000 square feet of manufacturing space consisting of a separate casting workshop, model workshop and drying room.
To get a job as a fibrous plasterer you need to build up your skills, knowledge and experience on the job. We can provide all the training and help you need, learning from experienced master plasterers. A career in plastering is a varied role and offers a rewarding vocation for someone who enjoys working with their hands and as part of a team, rather than sitting in front of a computer.
Skills and knowledge
Restrictions and requirements
You may need to:
There are no formal qualifications required for this job. A genuine interest in the industry would be of benefit. You would however need to have a methodical approach, pay attention to detail and have an understanding of adhering to safety procedures, manufacturing instructions and warnings for different chemicals.
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