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Intro to Mold Making and SlipCasting
Instructor: Liz Hafey
Price: $365.00
Dates: 04/12 – 05/31
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm (3 hours)
Class Days: Wednesdays
Number of Classes: 8
No Class On: 03/24/17
Focus on playing with multiples created through the ceramic, slip-casting process. This course is an introduction to mold making techniques and their application to functional and sculptural ceramics. Emphasis will be on the fabrication of various types of plaster molds from original to found objects, pressing and casting forms from molds in clay. Students will get their hands dirty with an introduction to mixing plaster and learning basic casting of 2 (or more) part molds from found objects. From there, they will apply their new mold-making skills to casting multiples of their own sculpted forms, employing techniques of clay modeling, carving Styrofoam, and constructing paper models. With these multiples, we will play with assemblage by wet and dry joining techniques followed by firing and glazing. Students will be encouraged to think outside the “functional” box of ceramics, by incorporating other materials and experimenting with process. This is a great introduction for beginners to ceramics and also for more experienced students looking to deepen their creative practice. Materials and tools will be provided, students with their own respirators should bring them. Enrollment in this course includes additional access to one monitored Open Studio session per week; either on Thursday afternoons from 3:00pm – 6:00pm, Friday evenings from 5:00pm - 8:00pm, or Sunday evenings from 5:00pm - 8:00pm.
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Instructor Info: Liz Hafey:
Liz Hafey is a potter, ceramicist, teacher and sculptural artist. She has studied in several places, including Massachusetts College of Art and Design, UMass Dartmouth, Cub Creek Foundation, Production Pottery in Orkney, Scotland, Castle Hill Center for the Arts, and Watershed Center of the Ceramic Art, where she completed their Salad Days residency program. Liz focuses on creating pieces of work that mimic industry as well as political, social issues that we deal with on a daily basis. She is currently the ceramics fellow at the Steel Yard.
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