Daughter Lela, hard at work. I made all those molds.
Learn to make your molds from a ceramic worker
and mold maker, who like most had little space or equipment. It
can be done without a whole workshop dedicated to mold making.
Have you ever been left to feel like everybody is
holding out secrets of the trade? I'm holding back nothing. I'm
happy to teach you what I had to learn the hard way, from how to
efficiently pour the molds, all the way to making your own
ceramic molds and even the master blocks.
anybody who knows how to push molds into mass production, far
beyond their capability, it's me.
All the molds and shelving accumulated after 3 years of hard work.
On the wall, above her head, you see blobs of clay. Those happened at the end of a long hard day as we were pushing to get the last big order out before Christmas. The very last mold I opened, had not drained properly and were a total waste. It was a gang mold with 3 ornaments. All a waste. All still full of slip. They had never drained.
Knowing my day would last yet another 2 hours because of it and I would be up until 2AM to finish loading the kilns, my frustration came out in the form of bombarding the wall with the wasted pieces.
The molds were soaked. They had been pushed beyond the call of duty and then some. Trying to get all the 'before Christmas' orders out in time, we spent days rolling molds out into the sun on a big cart.Those were the molds that had no room on the tables or shelves, as the tables were already stacked with molds and a big fan blowing away the moisture.
When it comes to doing ceramic work,
"same old,same old" doesn't cut it if you're wanting to
make a living at it. You have to develop your own nitch - your own
If all else fails, remember I can help with making custom molds. You can always get hold of me through my email at email@example.com
Again...I'd like you to drop by
the message board to discuss these things and let me know what you
want. I'm for real. Really and truly a 61 year old truck driving
ceramist who is not doing the ceramics anymore and who learned the
ins and outs of the gifting world.