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Plaster Molds & Slip Casting

with Ron Sutterer


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July 13 & 20, 2024

10:00AM - 3:00PM

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$25 payable to FCA

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Class Description

Making a plaster mold allows one to capture a form and produce multiple copies. Students are encouraged to bring forms of interest as a vehicle for discussion of the critical elements of planning a mold. In session one the instructor will provide a couple of forms to show the steps involved for 1 and multiple piece forms. We will go through the following steps: 1) using cottles to frame the piece, 2) using clay to define a section, 3) calculating the plaster mixture and pouring. For a two piece mold, these steps will be repeated. In session 2 we will mix slip and pour a mold and finish a piece from a mold prepared beforehand.

Materials List

materials list

Minimum Age

18 and older, exceptions with special permission

About the Instructor

My interest in pottery can be traced to my graduate school days in North Carolina. My wife and I often made day long trips to visit some of the traditional farm potteries surrounding Chapel Hill (Cole family, Jugtown, etc.) and started collecting. At the time, making pottery had not occurred to me but I learned to appreciate the form and craft of production. Some years later when we had moved to upstate New York, my wife wanted to set up a small studio in our home and learn how to make pottery. This eventually led to my giving it a try, taking some coursework at Syracuse University where I taught, and getting hooked. It has been full steam ahead since. We now live in an artistically rich environment (Floyd, Viginia) and I have put together a complete studio with a number of kilns that allow me to create pretty much anything that I can imagine. Living among so many quality potters has enabled me to get technical help as well as encouragement. I have been drawn to two forms of glazing that are used in most of my work: ash glazes fired in a gas reduction environment and crystalline glazes fired in a well controlled electric kiln. Both forms of glazing have presented numerous challenges, but I appreciate the beauty of both and continue to explore the possibilities of each. My goal for the coming year, five years, is the same as it has always been since I started: constant experimenting and production to increase the quality of my work. Ceramics is an activity that requires a long view in order to deal with the many mistakes that occur along the way. Although frustrating, the mistakes are part of the learning process.

Class Registration and Cancellation Policy

Advance Registration Required.

Registration: Class registrations are confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cancellation/Refund: The Floyd Center for the Arts will conduct classes for which an adequate number of students are registered. Class status is determined 1 week before the first date of the class, unless otherwise noted. Acceptance of payment does not guarantee that a class will run. If the Center must cancel a scheduled class, students who registered for such classes will be given the opportunity to transfer their payments to another course or receive a full refund of their tuition payment.

Student Withdrawals: Students withdrawing from a class before the cancellation period has ended, (one week prior to the start of class, unless otherwise noted) can receive a full refund or may transfer their payments to another class of their choice. Students who withdraw after the cancellation period has closed or after class has started, will not receive a refund.

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