Crazy Fun with Clay - 5th Feb 2013

A new glass casting course was offered by Di Tocker this summer as part of the (Get)Creative Summer Workshop series run in conjunction with Wintec, Hamilton.

Di named the workshop Explore Glass Casting (open molds and clay models) as the participants did just that.  This was an exercise in exploring the possibilites of molding with soft clay, creating a mold around the clay and then removing the soft clay once the plaster mold had set.

The students completed 2 small works on day 1 to get a feel for clay and plaster molding.  Day 2 was about spending more time with the clay, adding detail and working larger.  Students who had previously worked in wax noted that they really enjoyed the freedom the clay gave them to be 'looser' with the modelling material.  Di said "I was blown away with the level of detail the students could produce from the clay models.  It has turned out to be a very succesful way to work and I will keep it in mind for some of my own projects that may suit the process".

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