Bonus Monday Pottery Video: Nifty Adjustable Mold System Makes Many Shapes and Sizes Possible with a Single Mold

Happy Monday all! To start the week out right, I have a bonus Monday video for you! This one was submitted by Ceramic Arts Daily subscriber Dale Baucum.

In the video, Dale tries out a couple of adjustable molds for slab building. The beauty of these molds is that you can make a plethora of different shapes and sizes of pots with just one mold. Super cool. - Jennifer Harnetty, editor.



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  • what a brilliant idea. Thank you for sharing the idea. I am going to ask my hubby to make me a couple.

  • Liliana C.


  • Mine just arrived today… I cannot wait to use it. Thank you I think now that I have it I may take a stab at making the larger square one so that I can make deeper plates, dishes, etc.

  • Barbara S.

    I loved your video, do you use the narrow or wider mold??
    where cam we see more of your work? Do you teach classes? I live in Oxford and would love to meet you.

    thanks, Barbara

  • Roberta H.

    Dale, can you tell us whether your mould is the 1.25 lip or the 2.25 lip? thanks…..great video!

  • Camilla W.

    I bought mine at Bamboo Tools.They are made very well and I’m having lots of fun with them.

  • Kenneth S.

    Terrific video, Dale – thanks so much for sharing. I don’t know when I’ve learned so much in 5 minutes.

  • Carola L.

    Great Video. Thanks for sharing it. Would be nice to get instructions on how to make the moulds yourself. As I don’t live in the USA it’s a bit difficult to purchase them. Would someone be prepared to share the making process with me? Thanks a lot – I would really appreciate it. (I’ve got a brother who’s a carpenter and who can give me a hand)

  • Deborah H.

    Thanks for such a great video Dale! Adjustable molds are in the “Now why didn’t think of that?” category and perfect for someone with limited space issues. Can’t wait till I them.

    I’m sure the “plops”(for the lack of a better word)on the finished pieces are a signature design element, but, I’d really, really like to know how how you do that?

    Thanks again, Debbie

  • Cheryl M.

    thank you that was very informative. I’ve been using a mold, similar, but not nearly as adjustable as yours. I especially appreciate seeing the glazed pieces. Most of the videos don’t show the final stages, glazing, etc. and it’s nice to see them finished!

  • Most potters are high on creativity and low on funds so have a NEED TO KNOW instructions for making these molds. PLEASE SOON. Thanks love the creative idea.

  • Elaine H.

    Again, thanks very much for a great video- genius invention, and very nice instruction. Hope I can get a shipment to Scotland!

  • Genevieve N.

    Went to see the bambootools site for moulds, and there you go, Dale Bancum has another video there. It’s a bit of a commercial posted here, isn’t it ? It seems this company is going to make lots of profits in the coming few days given the number of eager readers who now want to buy themselves some of that! And I hope (and guess) that Dale will get his commission too! 😉

  • Sandra W.

    Lovely thank you. Such a space saving devise also. I have plaster moulds taking up so much valuable space in my studio. I have made a few platters similar to this and they always, always warp some more than others. Dale or anyone can you please tell me how I can avoid this? I have used stoneware and earthenware and stoneware (fired at 1250 Centigrade warps the most).


  • Claudio L.

    Hooray, finally start to finish, and the finished fired piece as well!!!!!!

    Very interesting, would love to have the plans for the mold!!!

  • Gordon W.

    Dale, thanks for a well crafted and very informative video. I too would like to know how to make these molds, or where one might purchase them.

  • great product demo! more please.
    I liked the product but as always the store bought ones are expensive. Off to the wood shop!

  • Kelly R.

    I found them as directed by the links within the posts. However, I wish there were instructions for making them because those of us on a tight budget cannot afford them otherwise….

  • Euphemia M.

    great vidio… where do you get the moulds…. or how do you make them… do you have instructions…

  • Dennis B B.


    Good video about using such a mold. I make similar plates using several “fixed” square and rectangular molds of different sizes that I made myself. What I’d really like to know is how to make (or purchase) a flexible mold like this one as I clearly offers more flexibility and more interesting shapes.

  • Claire T.

    Hi, Dale. Thank you for making and posting this instructive video. The lighting on the finished pots at the end showed how beautiful your glazing is. I was wondering if you do anything to the bottoms? Just smooth with abrasive or add little feet or felt?

  • Kathy B.

    this technique is the process, and the ideas could be endless…thank you so much..I will be purchasing these moulds..I was just kinda curious as to what kind of clay they useds..keep up the great information..

  • Very nice work. Great slip trailing. Are these molds available for sale somewhere or do you need to make them?

  • Gennie H.

    Love this video and the mold…Where do you get a mold like this? Is it available for purchase?

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