Kala to teach at Anderson Ranch Art Center, June 19-30, 2017, Snowmass, CO

Mold Making: systems & surfaces – C0304-17

Date: Jun 19 - 30, 2017

Skill Level(s): Open to All

Instructor(s): Giselle Hicks & Kala Stein


Discover the relationship between surface pattern design and dimensional forms as it relates to the ceramics craft. Whether casting a functional piece or hand building an abstract sculpture, molds are found in most ceramic studios. They can take on many different forms, and be made of many different materials. Plaster has the ability to capture minute details such as lines, marks and textures. In this workshop, the instructors introduce systems of prototyping and mold making.

Media & Techniques:

We explore mold making techniques applicable to tile, vessels, sculpture and beyond. Instructors demonstrate making one-, two- and multi-part slip casting and press molds, as well as modular mold systems. Students explore mixing and pouring plaster and casting slip, plus approaches to press molding with attention to decorative and textural surfaces. We examine high-touch surface options including mishima, sgraffito, applique and embossing.


We engage in daily demonstrations, slide lectures, group discussions and work in the studio.


Giselle Hicks is the Studio Coordinator of Ceramics at Anderson Ranch. She received her M.F.A. from Alfred University. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the John Michael Kohler Art Center and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.

Kala Stein is an artist and designer noted for innovative mold making and casting techniques. She is the Director of Ceramics at Sonoma Community Center in California. Kala received her B.F.A. from SUNY New Paltz and her M.F.A. from Alfred University.