Ceramics: Slip-Casting and Mold Making (Remote/In-Person*)
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This class will introduce students to a range of mold-making techniques used in ceramic production. Mold-making techniques are an integral part of the ceramics industry and are vital to the production potter and to artists who need multiples of a similar design. In addition, m old-making allows artists to produce objects not possible using traditional methods of construction. Students will design functional and non-functional creative driven objects that will be reproduced using methods learned from classroom demonstrations. Slip-casting, press-molds, and spring-molds will be covered as well as the proper methods to prepare coddle boards and plaster formulation. Examples of contemporary artists employing repetition will serve as stimulus for studio investigations. The class is open to all levels, however, students will gain more knowledge from the class if they have previously taken a ceramics course.
Students will be working on 3 small scale projects modeled in clay. This work will be done outside of the studio.
*If condition permit students will meet once per week for a 2-4 hour time period and make a plaster mold of the objects modeled in clay. During these weekly studio meetings, students will make reproductions of clay objects using the prepared molds and refine the reproductions to be fired. Limited glazing will also be performed in the studio.
Remote learning option:
In the event that students cannot enter the ceramics studio, students will be working independently on select projects. Students who wish to have ceramic work fired, will drop work off at the ceramic studio during scheduled times. Dropped off work will be received by and bisque fired by the Instructional Technician and then retrieved by students during scheduled times. The possibility of taking small select glaze colors home to complete ceramic surfacing exists, however this will be a limited option and has not yet been worked out. Alternately, students will be encouraged to use acrylic paint to finish objects at home. In addition, students will be allowed to propose 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional projects that meet the credit hour obligation.
Credits per quarter
- Complete Online Learning - This offering delivers all of its instruction online.
$20 for project supplies
Class Size: 16
Scheduled for: Evening
Final schedule and room assignments:
First meeting:Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 6:00 pm
Located in: Olympia