Plaster and Mold Making for Ceramics

Instructor: Paul Sacaridiz

Supplies/Materials Fee: $35

Enrollment limit: 12-15

Level: All levels

This fast paced workshop will be a technical exploration in mold making for ceramics, focusing on a wide range of applications from sculpture to functional objects. Together, we will run through a series of exercises to better understand how to work with plaster and how it can be used for making simple and complex multi part molds. Additional demonstrations will include ways to work with clay, from press molding to slip casting and the various materials required for each. Given the short period of time, we will not be focused on making finished objects, but expect to leave with a tremendous amount of information and several completed molds by the end of the weekend.

As a sculptor, Paul Sacaridiz is interested in the collision of abstraction, urban planning and utopian systems; and the seemingly impossible task of understanding something in its entirety. Over the past number of years he has produced multiple large-scale projects, designed for specific institutions such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum and the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft among others. He has been the recipient of numerous artist residencies including the Ragdale Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts and the Arts/Industry Program at Kohler Company. Paul is the Executive Director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts on Deer Isle, Maine.