Stretching the Circle

Course 1 Details

“Stetching the Circle” teaches you:

  • new skills for designing and making different kinds of prototypes
  •  to design and make one and two piece molds
  • to design simple molds of complex forms
  • how to formulate and mix your own casting slip
  • how to cast your new molds
  • technical and artistic details to make your new work.
  • how to cast exactly repeating forms
  • how to make work that you could never have made before
  • how to integrate your creative process with the technicalities of design, mold making, and slip casting


What you learn by following the “Stretching the Circle” course Curriculum

  • how to use and make tools that fit your needs
  • how “line, shape, and profile determine form”  through your participation in a design exercise
  • to make prototypes from:
         paper designs and templates using Andrew Martin's
              innovative method
  • to design “smart” molds that save you time using three forming techniques:
  •     pouring
         combinations of pouring and frosting
  • how to mix plaster that works every time, and learn to calculate
         how much plaster you need (online demonstrations)
  •  how and why casting slip works
  • how to easily prevent frequently made mistakes 

Course 1

20% Introductory Discount

Individual Regular Price $250 - Now $200

Institutional Regular Price $450- Now $360

(For schools, organizations, and multiple use)

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Video Tutorials

  1. Tools Basics for Design, Mold Making and Slip Casting

  2. Design Basics. Part 1 of 3 videos on design.  How to use simple paper cut out shapes to develop new forms, including a primer introducing design  language and process of design.  31 Minutes.

  3. Template Basics.  Pat 1 of 3 on fabricating prototype armatures for prototypes from paper cut out shapes

  4. Plaster Basics - calculation,  mixing, pouring,  frosting, and frost & pour combination molds.

  5. Project 1:  Making a tumbler prototype using one template 

  6. Project 2:  Making two different bowl prototypes using one template shape 

  7. Project 3:  Making a plate prototype with two template shapes

  8. Project 4:  Make a plaster prototype by filling a sculpted 'hole' with plaster

  9. Project 5:  Make a plaster prototype by sculpting wet plaster- two example

  10. Project 6: Sawing plaster to create a prototype for a bowl

  11. Project 7:  Make a cup with a recessed foot and a two-piece handle mold

  12. Project 8:  Make a prototype and an a mold from an existing plastic cup

  13. Project 9: Make a mold for a solid-cast tile

  14. Project 10: Make a two-piece mold with a separate base for a large bowl

  15. Project 11: Duplicating a plate mold for production

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