The basic two-day workshop is an demonstration intensive that includes design, prototype fabricaiton, mold making, slip casting, marbleizing, press molding, and decoration. 

During the workshop, I will demonstrate an intuitive yet practical 
exploration of how to work with molds beyond the repetition of forms. 
The demonstration and discussion will include:

  • Designing pottery forms using paper cut outs and templates
  • How to mix plaster correctly
  • Various ways to approach decorating forms
  • Altering castings
  • Sprigging
  • Marbleizing colored slips
  • Press molding and slip casting
  • One-off versions of base forms
  • Beauty as the root of the work
  •  Why thinking is an impediment to creativity
  • Small differences with large implications
  • Language as pattern

I will also use my book, “The Essential Guide to Mold Making and Slip 
Casting” to explain processes and methodologies that I can not demonstrate during the workshop.

The workshop will include an image lecture that includes source 
material, inspirations for my work, and a Power Point lecture on Design language and sequence.

The objective is for participants (you) to develop technical and procedural skill with design, molds and casting and to gain a deeper understanding of your own aesthetic perspective. 


Masterclass Workshops 
Design, Prototype Fabrication, Mold Making, Slip Casting, Press Molding, and Decoration

Andrew Martin
author of 
"The Essential Guide to Mold Making and Slip Casting"


Longer workshops include the all the elements of the two-day workshops and add participation of the workshop attendees in mold making and slip casting. Students will be able to make increasingly complex forms as more days are added to the basic two-day format. 

In a three-day workshop students can make a small, simple one-piece mold on the first afternoon and cast it on the third afternoon.  

In a four-day workshop they can make something larger or more complex such as a footed bowl, cup with a handle, vase, or tile.

In a five day workshop they can stretch further to make a larger, complex form such as dinnerware setting, lidded forms such as a teapot, casserole, or jar.


We can also flex the format to include:

  • Critiques (group or individual)
  • Glaze formulation systems I use and have developed for beginners. This includes limit formula         systems, line blends, triaxial blends, and quad blending,  Unity Molecular glaze formulation using         Hyperglaze.
  • Formulating Clay Bodies and Casting Slip based on John Reeve's, "More Notes on Porcelain"
  • Design Processes
  • Tile Design
  • Pattern Design 
  • Professional Development

Regardless of the format, students are always invited to participate in and initiate dialogue about about:
Decoration processes 
Why we make things
• Ceramic history

Larisa Titus from Texas making a teapot during a two week workshop at Anderson Ranch Art Center in Aspen, Colorado.
Many hands helping to open new molds during a five-day workshop at Lillstreet Studios, Chicago 
Photos: Joe Teague


Two Days        1800 
Three Days      2500 
Four Days        3200
Five Days        3900

(days one and two are 900 each, days three, four and five are 700 each)


Travel costs pro-rated between multiple workshop hosts 500- 700 average

Food and Hotel

Food and hotel are part of the host costs during the workshop. A home-stay in a clean pet-free room is an option to save costs. 

I hope we can plan a workshop that is very informative, timely, and useful for everyone involved. 

Contact me to schedule a workshop or with any questions you may have.

    Skype: repeatedlynew 
    Skype VM: 707-709-8618

Andrew Martin
Demonstrating during a five-day workshop at Lillstreet Studios, Chicago 
Photos: Joe Teague
Discussing projects with students at Lillstreet Studios, Chicago 
Photos: Joe Teague


Introduction to mold making
Paper cutouts and the design process
Cut templates from paper cut outs
Sculpt a prototype on the templates
Cast the mold from the prototype

Image lecture
Clean up and sand new mold- set aside to dry
Discuss slip formulation
Cast molds and remove castings, assemble forms from cast parts
Demonstration of marbling, press molding, and sprigging

Cast new mold and other molds again
Demonstrate the basics of decoration design and application
Decoration of forms

Finish decoration
Participatory decoration and mark making exercise with students (optional)
Critiques with students (optional) 
Clean up and pack