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Creating Interesting Patterns in Pottery with Colored Casting Slip

Posted On July 4, 2014 3 Comments

Slip casting is a facet of ceramics that I am dying to explore. I love the idea of making multiples and exploring different surfaces on them. But I hadn’t thought much about the potential for decoration when colorants are added right to the casting slip. That is until Andrew Gilliatt came to town to film a DVD with us. Andrew does great work with colored casting slips and then adds even more surface detail with a variety of resists and decals. In today’s post, an excerpt from his new DVD Layers of Color: Exploring Form and Surface Pattern in Slip Cast Pottery, Andrew demonstrates how to incorporating colored slip right into the surface design.

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Forget the Plaster! How to Make a Surprisingly Durable Hump Mold out of Unfired Clay

Posted On November 18, 2013 37 Comments

We ceramic artists use plaster for everything from drying or wedging surfaces to stamps or molds for slip casting. But potter Lauren Sandler has been making hump molds for her work out of unfired clay. This way she doesn’t have to deal with the mess of plaster, doesn’t have to wait for her molds to dry and be fired, plus, if she gets tired of the form, she can reclaim the clay for some other use. Now, I don’t mean to diss our good friend plaster, but I do love the simplicity, speed, and versatility of this method.

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Videos of the Week: A Couple of Tips for Making Interesting, Repeatable Pottery Forms

Posted On March 22, 2013 1 Comment

In these video clips, Deb Schwartzkopf demonstrates how she makes the super cool bottoms of her cup forms with a slab and a bisque fired mold. She then skillfully attaches the base to a bottomless wheel-thrown cylinder, which she then darts and alters to make the shape just right. The Mike Davis explains how easy it is to make attachments with cast pieces – just dip and stick! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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Making Multiples: Cavity Molds for Handmade Ceramic Tiles

Posted On November 21, 2012 8 Comments

My kitchen could use an overhaul, and though it is not probably going to happen for a long while, I still seem to constantly be looking for inspiration. One thing that I think would be a lovely touch to this dream kitchen is a custom tile backsplash. Of course, the most productive way of making consistent tiles is with molds. In today’s post, Gary Carlos demonstrates how he makes molds with repeatable patterns for his tiles.

Photo of the Guy Michael Davis DVD Fundamentals of Mold Making & Slipcasting from the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents Series

Fundamentals of Mold Making and Slipcasting

Posted On September 6, 2012 Comments Off

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.

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Building in a Box: Combining High-Tech Computer Modeling and Low-Tech Slip Casting Techniques to Make Intricate Modular Work

Posted On February 22, 2012 0 Comments

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.

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(Slip) Cast Party: Creating Unique Double-Walled Forms Using Mold Making and Slip Casting Techniques

Posted On November 14, 2011 12 Comments

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,

Andrew Gilliatt’s work combines colored porcelain slip, brightly colored glazes, resist patterns, and simple decals to create pots that convey the fun he has working in the studio.

Layers of Color: Using Different Colors of Casting Slip, Resist Patterns and Decals to Create Graphical Pottery Surfaces

Posted On December 8, 2010 15 Comments

Today, Andrew Gilliatt explains how he arrives at his super fun surfaces by adding color in stages with colored casting slip, glaze, and decals. Plus, he shares his casting slip and a couple of glaze recipes!

Ceramic Art Lesson Plan: Making Sprigs

Posted On July 30, 2010 0 Comments

This lesson plan will help students to: research historical and contemporary ceramic works that incorporate sprigging as part of the surface decoration, learn to make both bisque and plaster sprig molds, create sprig molds from found objects and from shapes and designs created in clay or carved from plaster, and to apply press-molded sprigs to leather hard forms, and press sprig molds directly into forms to stamp the surface.

Sally and Alisdair MacDonell, Face Brooches, 2008. Nine awaiting glaze application and nine fired, finished with cobalt or copper oxide and a matt white stoneware glaze, 30 x 40 mm (11⁄4 x 11⁄2 in.). Photo: Dan Bosworth.

How to Make and Use a Plaster Press Mold to Make Ceramic Jewelry

Posted On July 5, 2010 31 Comments

In today’s post, Allistair and Sally MacDonnell show us how easy it is to make plaster press molds to make a series of brooches. Plus they explain how they use stamps to texture each slab before molding it into the shape they want.