Introduction to Mold Making and Casting

June 25 - June 29, 2021

Introduction to Mold Making and Casting


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $615
Material Fee: $85

Mold making enjoys a long history within the ceramics field. Because of its versatility, nowadays it is a technique that is popular in industry, the studio pottery, and design worlds. In this fascinating workshop, you will be introduced to the many facets of working with plaster to design and create your own molds for objects you’d like to cast with clay using either press or slip techniques. The techniques for making multiple-part molds will be taught. There will be time to create molds and test them in different ways. Takaba is a master of teaching how to reconfigure objects after they’ve been cast in clay, so participants will enjoy that additional knowledge.

Level: Advanced 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



Ryan Takaba

Ryan Takaba is a material artist whose sculptures, tableaux, and installations are centered around a study of scientific reason and the power of belief. His work incorporates thematic mediums of flowers, ash, wax, water, and porcelain. He exhibits his work throughout the United States and has participated in residencies at the European Ceramic Work Center -Netherlands, The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen -China, and was awarded a residency through Blue Star Contemporary to live and work at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin -Germany. He is formally trained in the ceramic discipline earning an MFA in Ceramics from Kent State University and a BFA in Ceramics from the University of Hawaii. Ryan currently lives and works in San Antonio, Texas where he is Ceramic Department Chair at the Southwest School of Art and collaborates on a side project with Jennifer Ling Datchuk to produce a line of functional handmade ceramics under the company Dim and Sum.

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