Slip Casting and Mold Making
Want to know something I’ve realized about myself? I enjoy the design process more than the production of pottery. It’s one of the reasons that I’ve decided to return to graduate school to finish a degree in landscape architecture that I dropped out of when my daughter was younger. I enjoy doing the research, design charrettes, and then creating proto-types but not necessarily producing 100+ of said item. But, my mind might be able to be wrap itself around molds.
That might sound sacrilegious to those of you (myself included) who sometimes enjoy working with wet clay more than the finishing aspect. I borrowed The Essential Guide to Mold Making & Slip Casting by Andrew Martin from the library and I’m truly impressed by its potential and all of the super delicious photographs of slip casted work that are included in the book.
It doesn’t hurt that I have a huge 50 lb. bag of pottery plaster sitting in my garagio right now – not to mention the minus 30 day deadline looming for the CPG show and sale. Tempting…
Meanwhile, today I had lunch with David Sprunt (a former classmate of mine from the graduate school of landscape architecture at University of Colorado at Denver) and met briefly with one of the faculty members. After visiting the school and seeing some current student’s work, I am really excited about returning to school this fall. In some ways August feels miles away, yet I also feel a sense of urgency to read for recreation and make some art before school begins again.