My new year’s resolution is to make more molds. Molds are a simple way to create simple or complex forms and then reproduce them with little effort. When you do this, the individual forms lose their preciousness, which allows you the freedom to creatively experiment. With the little studio time that I get, I… Read More »
Making Ceramic Molds
Mold making opens up endless potential for creative expression. Here, you’ll learn about making and using molds in ceramics. Browse through our archive of articles to find a variety of techniques from making plaster molds for slip casting and press molding to making bisque hump or slump molds. And be sure to download your free copy of the Ceramic Mold Making Techniques: Tips for Making Plaster Molds and Slip Casting Clay. If you’re interested in exploring the world of making plaster molds for slip casting or handbuilding, Ceramic Mold Making Techniques: Tips for Making Plaster Molds and Slip Casting Clay is a great place to start!
Andrew Gilliatt makes the prototypes for his fun, imaginative forms using MDF (a wood particle board) and a lathe. Then he slip casts them using various colored slips. But in today’s post, an excerpt from his new DVD Layers of Color, he explains that you don’t have to have a wood lathe for this… Read More »
Eliza Au combines both high-tech and low-tech methods to make her beautiful and complex ceramic sculptures that consist of repeating patterns. Inspired by spiritual artifacts from both the East and West (mandalas, rose windows, prayer carpets), Au sees her the symmetry and order in her work as a metaphor for finding inner peace. Though… Read More »
Mold making and slip casting offer tremendous possibilities for ceramic artists beyond the typical wheel thrown shapes. They also make it possible to make multiples of forms. Hiroe Hanazono uses slipcasting because it “best satisfies [her] intent to create immaculately executed and unusual forms.” Today, in an excerpt from the second edition of our… Read More »
Lately, I have been really interested in surface development and I have been having a great time experimenting in the studio. But, I would probably be more likely to take bigger risks if I didn’t labor over the forms as much as I do. So I have been thinking about doing a little slipcasting… Read More »
There are a lot of ways to put texture into clay surfaces. Clay artists have a knack for finding objects to make impressions with and, of course, there are a plethora of store-bought texture tools at clay suppliers and craft stores. And most clay artists have some homemade bisque or plaster texture tools in their… Read More »
Why would someone who has spent most of his adult life pursuing excellence in handmade pottery enthusiastically pursue mass production? That’s the question potter/ceramics consultant/inventor/entrepreneur David Pier asked himself when he faced the conflict of wanting to meet high levels of craftsmanship and design, but still keep the pricing on his pots affordable. So,… Read More »
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.
Slip casting opens up endless possibilities for creativity with clay. But it can also be an intimidating process for the beginner. So we are trying to create a reliable collection of information on this technique on Ceramic Arts Daily. Today, ceramic artist Valerie Zimany explains how to make a casting slip out of the… Read More »
Hey everyone, Sherman Hall here. I have three things to announce today; First, our managing editor, Jennifer Harnetty, just went on maternity leave, so a big CONGRATULATIONS goes out to her and hubby and the new one. This brings us to the second announcement, which is that you’re stuck with me and Bill…. Read More »