Introduction to Plaster Mold Making & Slip Casting

May 18 - May 19, 2024

Introduction to Plaster Mold Making & Slip Casting


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $395
Material Fee: $70

In this workshop, you will learn how to mix plaster and make two different types of molds: a 2-part mold of a found object for slipcasting and a 1-part mold for use in slipcasting or as a slump mold. We will cover one and two-part molds, slump molds, whipped cream method of mold-making, mold registration, plaster-to-water ratios, mold release, undercuts, capturing texture, mold-pouring problem solving, making molds from clay and found objects. If participants have already made molds that are giving them problems, they can bring them for discussion. You should leave with 1-2 finished molds, and we will test them with a casting slip, but we will not be firing any ceramics. Plan on getting dirty and taking a lot of notes! While no plaster experience if needed, you should already be familiar with working with clay. For example, you should be able to form an object out of solid clay, make a coil pot, and understand the basics of hand building with clay. Wheel knowledge is not necessary, but we may cover the use of wheel-thrown pieces for use as mold forms.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Debbie Reichard

Debbie Reichard, MFA University of Washington, is a sculptor and ceramic artist, who works a range of materials, including clay, wood, fiber, sound and found objects. She has taught ceramics and sculpture at Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, The University of Southern Maine, and the University of Colorado, and Bucks County Community College. She is currently the Director of the New College West Ceramics Studio at Princeton University. She has attended artist residencies at the Kohler Company, WI; Sculpture Space, NY; Peters Valley, NJ and Southern Methodist, University, TX. Her work has been included in group and solo exhibitions, including the Jersey City Museum, Dallas International airport, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, the Newark Museum of Art, and the Children’s Museum, Pittsburgh, PA. Debbie loves playing and experimenting with plaster! After her 3 month residency at the John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry program, she remained there for 6 months as an interim ceramics coordinator.  There, she was immersed in the technical world of slip casting, where she gained extensive experience in plaster mold making. She loves trouble-shooting problem molds.

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