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 definitely fall into the habit of letting pots become too precious and sticking to what’s “safe.” If you do too, today’s video may be just what you need. In this excerpt from Guy Michael Davis’s Fundamentals of Mold Making and Slip Casting, Mike demonstrates his simple and easy method for making dottle boards.
Molds are a simple way to create simple or complex forms that allow you to make multiple copies of a form with little effort. When you do this, the individual forms lose their preciousness, which allows you the freedom to creatively experiment. And as you build a library of forms, you’ll find even greater flexibility as you cut and reassemble shapes in any number of configurations. Guy Michael leads you step-by-step through the entire mold making and slip casting process. By the end of his demonstration, you’ll understand the principles of making both single and multi-part molds as well as how to make your own slip and successfully cast pieces.
In today’s video, an excerpt from Handmade Tiles, Frank Giorgini demonstrates how to make a ceramic tile model with relief patterning to use as a prototype for a plaster press mold.
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.
In this video, ceramic artist Holly Goring, demonstrates how to use the “sea level” method for mixing plaster. So you don’t have to take notes during the video, we’ve also posted 10 Steps for Success with Plaster and a Plaster to Water Mixing Chart for your reference.