Designing and Making Simple Slip Molds - Seth Payne

Touchstone Center for Crafts

Friday, September 4, 2015 - Monday, September 7, 2015
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437
Friday, September 4, 2015 - Monday, September 7, 2015
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437

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What's Included

Intermediate–Advanced | Class Time: Friday–Monday | Discover ideas and processes around designing and making functional slip cast table and housewares in a studio setting. On the first day, we will use clay to create models for our projects employing techniques you are comfortable with, from wheel throwing to slab and solid forming. And, we will explore other new possibilities for designing and model making. We will approach designing in conjunction with mold making and start to explore the possibilities of the casting process. On the second day, we will run a plaster intensive while making slip molds for our models. During this process, we will discuss all things plaster, troubleshoot, and learn best practices. On the third day, we will learn about wax casting while making a hot wax cast in our new slip molds. Students will keep this wax cast to be further refined as a new model or used to make future replicas of their slip molds. *Students are invited to bring greenware models from home to consider for models— just make sure they remain leather-hard!

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Touchstone is located in Farmington, Pennsylvania, amid the natural splendor of the Laurel Highlands. Founded in 1972 as the Pioneer Crafts Council, Touchstone's original mission was to foster interest in the preservation of the traditional craft forms and culture of the Appalachian region. Today, the craft school has expanded to include a wide variety of traditional and emerging craft forms, including blacksmithing, ceramics, metal, jewelry, textiles, glass, painting, mosaics, and printmaking. In addition to offering seasonal craft courses taught by nationally renowned artisans, Touchstone provides underserved audiences in the region, from senior citizens to public school students, with craft-centered educational programming. Touchstone's artistic, educational, and residential facilities sit on 150 acres of lush woodlands and pristine wilderness. The campus is covered with towering trees, unique rock formations, and wildflower meadows, and is crossed by McIntyre Run, a rushing stream.


Not only is Touchstone Center for Crafts the only residential craft school in Pennsylvania, it's the natural setting for your creative nature.


Touchstone's mission is to advance excellence in the arts and crafts by educating and encouraging individuals to develop technical skills, good design, and innovative expression. To realize this mission, the school offers workshops, exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and other forms of artistic and educational programming throughout the year. Dedicated to achieving national prominence and local relevance, Touchstone strives for national distinction by recruiting some of the best artists in the country to teach high-quality craft workshops that attract a geographically diverse audience. The organization strives for local relevance by providing educational and outreach programming that serves a wide variety of the underserved populations in Fayette County and other parts of southwestern Pennsylvania.

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