Plaster and ceramics go hand in hand. We ceramic artists use plaster for everything from drying or wedging surfaces to … Read More
Making Ceramic Molds
Ceramic mold making opens up endless potential for creative expression. Not only does ceramic mold making enable you to repeat a form over and over again, it also makes individual forms lose their preciousness, which frees you up to experiment more! Making your own custom ceramic molds will help you break out of your comfort zone in the studio and grow as an artist.
Here, you’ll learn how to make ceramic molds, as well as how to use them. 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 clay hump or slump molds to creating molds for casting clay sculpture. Looking for a ceramic slip recipe for slip casting, you’ll find recipes to try here!
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!
Ceramic mold making is not as difficult as you might imagine. Once you have learned how to mix plaster and pour a plaster mold, you’ll see it’s really not too bad. And there are a whole slew of other ways to make molds for pottery. Browse through our posts and you’ll find everything from using an old plastic soda bottle as a mold for a cup, to making bisque slump molds using any old bucket you might find around your studio!
I have heard of sledging before and am sad to say that I’ve never tried it. Sledging is essentially extruding … Read More
Slip casting is a facet of ceramics that I am dying to explore. I love the idea of making multiples … Read More
Building in a Box: Combining High-Tech Computer Modeling and Low-Tech Slip Casting Techniques to Make Intricate Modular Work
Eliza Au combines both high-tech and low-tech methods to make her beautiful and complex ceramic sculptures that consist of repeating … Read More
(Slip) Cast Party: Creating Unique Double-Walled Forms Using Mold Making and Slip Casting Techniques
Mold making and slip casting offer tremendous possibilities for ceramic artists beyond the typical wheel thrown shapes. They also make … Read More
Lately, I have been really interested in surface development and I have been having a great time experimenting in the … Read More
There are a lot of ways to put texture into clay surfaces. Clay artists have a knack for finding objects … Read More
Layers of Color: Using Different Colors of Casting Slip, Resist Patterns and Decals to Create Graphical Pottery Surfaces
I was so blown away by the work of cover artist Andrew Gilliatt on the upcoming January/February 2011 issue of … Read More
Necessity is the mother of invention, as the saying goes, and Paul Donnelly’s tea trays are a prime example of … Read More