Making & Working With Bisque Molds
Learn how to make your very own bisque molds to create unique pots!
Looking to add some more variety to your work and have it stand out from the crowd?
Hoping to add some consistency to your hand-built pots?
Tired of relying on pre-made commercial forms (you know, those same shapes everyone else has?) to make your work?
In the Making & Working with Bisque Molds virtual workshop, I'll show you how you can use simple techniques to create elegant and unique pots. You'll never have to rely on using commercial forms again!
Every pot that I make is constructed using a bisque mold. In all my years of working with clay, I've found that bisque molds are one of the best ways to hand-build consistent and unique-to-you shapes. I love that they can both add variety to what you do, while also allowing you to make the same shape repeatedly. And the great thing is that you can bisque molds with tools you already have on hand! No messy plaster mixing needed!
In this virtual workshop you will learn:
- How to make a bisque mold for a rectangular serving tray, as well as different strategies for forming bisque molds
- How to refine and hollow out your form to get a sturdy, reusable bisque mold
- How to use the bisque mold to make a footed rectangular tray
- Plus there is a bonus lesson on how I mix my joining slip!
About The Instructor
Hi, I’m Naomi Clement, I’m a ceramic artist, teacher, and creative entrepreneur. I’ve been working in clay for over 22 years, and I’ve taught workshops and exhibited my work all across Canada and the US. I have my BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, and my MFA in Ceramics from Louisiana State University.
Today I am well known for my elegant hand-built forms and the rich and layered surfaces on my pots. I was a thrower for many years, but switched to hand-building a few years ago now and have never looked back! At first I was intimidated by hand-building functional work—I thought it meant I wouldn’t be able to get consistent forms or that it would take forever to get a single pot. But I loved the new world of form and texture that opened up to me when I started hand-building my pots. Sure, it did take a bit longer, but ultimately I was way happier with the end results. Plus, slab-building my pots means I get to add lots of yummy texture to them which contributes to my signature layered surfaces. Hand-building opened up a whole new way of thinking about and decorating my work, and I’ve never looked back.
I created this workshop to share some of the basic strategies that have worked for me, and help you learn how to create your own unique pots!
When does the class start?
The workshop starts as soon as you join! It is a self-paced, instant access class, so all you have to do is sign up, and you’ll get all the info on how to access the course delivered right to your inbox within about 15 min.
How long do I have access to this course?
You’ll have access to this course for 90 days from the date of purchase. You can watch is as much as you like during that time, and on any devices you own.
What kinds of tools do I need to take the workshop? You will be able to make everything I demonstrate using the basic pottery tools you already have on hand. So as long as you have some clay, and your standard pottery tools (wire cutter, knife, sponge, and a board to work on), you’ll be good to go. One thing you will need access to is a kiln to fire your finished work. If you want to know more about the tools I use most in my work, check out this video.
How does it work?
This is a virtual workshop, simply click here to purchase it. After that, check your inbox for an email from my virtual platform, Naomi’s School, with a link to login to your new account and access the course. You will get instant access to the course, and can start right away!
Due to the digital nature of this product (you could literally watch the whole thing in under 3 hours!), we don’t offer refunds.
" Naomi has such a relaxed and down-to-earth approach to teaching and is VERY generous with all she share. Love her workshops! I have attended two so far and look forward to more. Naomi is an EXCELLENT teacher! I've learned so much from her! "
“ I took your surface decoration workshop awhile back and just wanted to thank you!! I’ve been stuck on a project for too long—your workshop was very inspiring and really helped me focus on simplifying my idea. ”
“ I have taken two workshops with Naomi and I learned so much at both! She is so patient and open with information and tips, which makes her so approachable for students and people learning. After those two workshops I would definitely take another workshop with Naomi! ”
“ Great workshop again today. It was just what I needed. I'm motivated to get in the studio and dive in again – thank you! ”
" I've taken 3 virtual workshops so far from Naomi Clement, and each one gives me such inspiration! I find myself watching more than once, taking copious notes, and so totally engaged that I'm amazed 2 hours can go by so quickly! "
" Naomi is clear, concise, and very willing to answer all questions during the demo. I've asked Naomi questions post-workshop and she is incredibly responsive and kind. I really hope one day to take an in-person workshop from Naomi, but for now I will settle for online and look forward to more..."