Create clay busts from life-cast molds, and learn various mold-making techniques that allow you to make and alter a series of ceramic sculptures. This workshop incorporates both traditional hollow-form hand building and press-molding processes. Students cast their own faces to create reusable silicone rubber molds as a starting point. From there, we explore alteration and modification, as well as found object additions and modifications. Students practice techniques for surface design and layering at low-fire temperatures. Experimentation is highly encouraged – there are no limits to the imagination.
Media & Techniques:
Students practice life-casting with the use of silicone molds and dropout plaster molds used for press molding. Hand building techniques, such as coil building, are addressed, as well as surface development with low-fire clay, slips and glazes.
We participate in morning and afternoon demonstrations, along with slide lectures, ample work time and one-on-one discussions.
Thaddeus Erdahl is a studio artist in St. Petersburg, Fla., and teaches at Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa, Fla. He has held residencies at Guldegegaard International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark and at Arrowmont. Thaddeus has had a solo exhibition at Greenwich House Pottery in New York City and was recently nominated as an emerging voice in craft by the American Craft Council. www.thaddeuserdahl.com