Now that I have taken a class, swallowed my fear and finally begun to learn the art of mold making, I must say that, yes, mold making is a true art, and one that is equally as difficult as, if not perhaps even more difficult than, throwing on the potter's wheel. It really is fascinating for me to see the numerous ways that we as humans have found to express ourselves, and, is one way somehow better than another?
Last week I finally took the time to make a batch of casting slip (now that's a chore!) and pour the molds that I made in class over the summer. The bowl/plate forms are really nice, I think, and the ovals that I cast should make their way into an installation at the gallery this December. I've been playing around with handbuilding over the past few years because it gets me away from 'round and brown.' Everything created on the wheel at least starts out round. With handbuilding, one can create forms that are not based on a cylinder. The same is true for plaster mold making, only perhaps more so...AND it's an OCD dream! How else can you make a set of dinner plates that are EXACTLY the same? Yes, this is going to be fun!
Wishing you joy in your mud!
P.S. The other thing I've been working on is the new Spark website. Check it out!