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Molds make it possible to repeat patterns and forms for a variety of reasons. For thousands of years, potters have used molds both for forming and decorating and often both have been accomplished at the same time.  Whether you choose to try press molds with slabs of clay or slip-casting molds for slip-cast pieces, you’ll discover that making ceramic molds provide a way to create uniform pieces that can save you time and provide you with the means to concentrate on surface decorations.

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, Bisque, and Styrofoam Molds, Making and Using Casting Slip, and Decorating Ceramic Surfaces is a great place to start!

Included in this free PDF:

How to Make a Model and a Mold for Slip Casting

by Andrew Gilliatt

Learn how to make a model for a shape that you can use to create a mold from. Whether simple or complex, you'll need to follow the same steps for figuring out how to make an original model, then determine the best way to cast the mold pieces. 

How to Make Slip-Cast Vessels and Decorate them with Homemade Decals

by Linda Gates

One of the advantages of slip-cast work is the smooth surface, which is perfect for adding decals. Linda Gates shows you how to slip-cast smooth pieces then how to create decals and apply them.

How to Make a Tile Press Mold

by Ursula Hargens

Ursula Hargens was looking for larger surfaces to decorate so she came up with a tile design that suited her needs. Her deep tiles are press molded in a plaster mold and feature some unusual shapes that she plays with to create negative spaces.

Creating a Slump Mold with Styrofoam

by Ben Carter

Ben Carter loves working with earthenware and he’s an innovator in creating really cool forms using a Styrofoam slump mold. Without a doubt, Styrofoam molds are the easiest molds to make and they offer a tremendous amount of flexibility.

Making Bisque Molds with Texture

by Nancy Zoller

Before the invention of plaster or Styrofoam, the main mold making material was bisque-fired clay. Create your own unique forms from clay and surfaces then easily repeat them over and over again. You’re just a bisque fire away from getting started.

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