Building in a Box: Combining High-Tech Computer Modeling and Low-Tech Slip Casting Techniques to Make Intricate Modular Work
Though Eliza Au begins her process using three dimensional computer modeling and Computer Numerical Controlled milling, it all comes together in a good old wooden box. In today’s post, an excerpt from the March 2012 Ceramics Monthly, Eliza shares her process and casting slip recipe and author Amy Gogarty tells us a bit more about the work.
(Slip) Cast Party: Creating Unique Double-Walled Forms Using Mold Making and Slip Casting Techniques
Today, Hiroe Hanazono shares her process for slip casting double walled forms, from making the pattern and the mold, to the casting part. See more great slip casting projects in our free download Ceramic Mold Making Techniques: Tips for Making Plaster Molds, Slip Casting, and Decorating Clay,
In today’s video, our own Holly Goring demonstrates how to make a simple plaster sprig mold. Simple though they are, these molds are great little tools for adding interest to pottery. Why not cast a motif you are fond of in plaster so you can use it over and over again on your work? In addition to the video, we’ll show you some work with sprigged decoration and present some step-by-step photos and instructions on how to use sprig molds.
In today’s video, an excerpt from Fundamentals of Mold Making and Slipcasting (which is now shipping!), Guy Michael Davis shares a few tips for pouring good casts. Mike also shares his recipes for casting bodies.
Today I am sharing a homemade texture tool idea. This one is a great tool for laying down a pattern quickly and easily over an entire slab. In this post, Margaret Bohls explains how she carves texture, in this case a grid-like pattern, into large plaster slabs and then rolls her slabs on the textured plaster. She then puffs out each square in the grid with her fingers and creates a sense of volume.
Why would someone who has spent most of his adult life pursuing excellence in handmade pottery enthusiastically pursue mass production? That’s the question David Pier asked himself when he faced the conflict of wanting to meet high levels of craftmanship and design, but still keep the pricing on his pots affordable. In today’s post, David tells us all about his forays into mass production.
For the past few years we have utilized several forms of rapid prototyping to explore new methods of creating form. At The Ohio State University ceramics program, we have a large Techno Isel CNC (computer numerically controlled) router and a Konica Minolta Vivid 910 3D scanner, a Z-Corp 510 3D printer and a soon-to-be-operational Epilog laser cutter. In an environment where research and development are crucial activities, we willingly embrace these new technologies in search of a balance between traditional craft and industrial practice.
Ceramic artist Valerie Zimany explains how to make a casting slip out of the clay body she uses and gives some handy tips to remember when working with molds and clay.
Whether you work in a shared studio, at a community arts center, in a luxurious private studio or in a corner of your basement, chances are that space is at a premium. Today Holly Goring shows us how to make a reclaim slab that doubles as a wedging board, saving space, materials, time and effort. You will need some basic plaster know-how, but luckily Holly has already covered a lot of this in her previous video feature Plaster Mixing 101.
In today’s video, Holly demonstrates how to make a simple one-piece plaster mold using a thrown clay tumbler. Of course, you could make all sorts of things besides tumblers, but it’s a nice basic shape to start with, and once you make one, the possibilities will become endless. If you’ve never made a mold, this is a great way to get started.