Develop methods of working with plaster to create models and molds. Emphasis is on developing original designs and forms rather than using found objects. Design an object on paper, then learn various methods of how to create a three-dimensional version using clay, plaster and wood. There is supervision throughout the process; make one-piece or multiple-piece molds, then use molds to make slip cast objects.
Students develop original designs and forms for casting with clay. The creation of prototypes and models involves various woodshop machines and hand tools. Mold making and slip casting techniques are covered. Cone 6 porcelain casting slip are used and fired in electric kilns.
There are demonstrations on creating prototypes with clay, plaster and wood. One-piece and multiple-piece mold-making as well as slip-casting processes are covered. Lectures on work made using these processes further understanding of the possibilities available through mold making and slip casting.
Hiroe Hanazono received her MFA in Ceramics from Ohio University. She is a recipient of The Clay Studio’s 2008-2009 Evelyn Shapiro Foundation Fellowship. She produces highly designed tableware in her Philadelphia studio while teaching a variety of ceramics classes in New York City and Philadelphia.