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All About Molds: From Sprigs to Press Molds Sec. P101

4 Seats Available

All About Molds: From Sprigs to Press Molds




3/14/2020 to 3/15/2020

Location: Instructor:
  • Zachary Dunn

Meeting Times

  • Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sunday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Molds assist with repetition and uniformity as you create multiple parts to combine into a larger tile array, create a set of plates, or embellishments to add to vessels and sculptures. Molds allow the maker to create a more complicated or involved form that would be too time consuming or impossible to hand build or throw. It also allows for the ease of repetition of a form to create multiples or sets.

In this workshop, learn to make simple plaster molds for pressing clay, as well as basic one-part molds. The opportunities are endless! We will make molds for small embellishments that can be added to the surface of pieces, as well as creating a plaster mold for a small object. As the plaster sets up on the molds, press molds with foamcore boards will be demonstrated.

Each Student will be supplied a 50 lb bag plaster.

Students should bring:

  • Basic Pottery tools
  • 1 gallon bucket (to mix Plaster)
  • 2 - 3 simple found objects (simple rounded shaped work well - call office for details)
  • Foam Board insulation 1 inch thick (Minimal size 2 ft x 2 ft)
  • Box cutter
  • Scrap Clay - A soft clay with little to no grog works best. Clay will be available for purchase the day of the workshop. Scrap clay is $25 per 25 pound bag



  • Tuition $215.00
  • Materials Fee $22.00
Total: $237.00