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The Essential Guide to Mold Making & Slip Casting (A Lark Ceramics Book) [Hardcover]

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Pages   159
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 8.75" Height: 10.25"
Weight:   1.9 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2007
Publisher   Lark Books
ISBN  1600590772  
EAN  9781600590771  

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Item Description...
For potters, mold making is invaluable because it allows them to slip-cast identical multiples of their work—and this newly revised, now in color edition of Andrew Martin's classic is the definitive guide to the craft. No other volume has shown the processes in such how-to detail. It's overflowing with hundreds of photos, key techniques, projects, master artist profiles, and troubleshooting tips. A thorough introduction addresses materials and tools, and presents Martin's simple, unique template method for making clay prototypes. Create easy one-piece molds to make tiles, bowls, and platters, or multi-piece molds for more complex forms. An extensive overview covers slip formulation, while offering highly desired slip recipes for low-, mid-, and high-fire clay bodies. This will be the standard reference in every ceramist's library.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Andrew Martin is an International Master with many tournament successes to his name, including being runner-up in the British Championship. He is a renowned chess trainer and also a skilled and outspoken chess writer. He is resident in the UK.""

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Mold making and slip casting  Sep 8, 2008
The book was more basic than I expected. It is good for beginners and a useful guide for teachers.
Not the whole story  Jan 30, 2008
This book seemed to me to be a good start, but maybe was rushed to production. There are a number of significant issues with this publication:
* Poorly organized - rather than taking you through a step-by-step process for each important phase of mold making and slip casting, the information is scattered throughout. Including information on other artists adds to the value of this book, but detracts from fundamental goal of teaching you how to slip cast.
* Missing/minimized information - 'Begin with the water and .25 percent of sodium silicate.' How the heck do you get to .25 percent sodium silicate? Does it come only in liquid form, or is there a powder available? Is the liquid form measured by volume or weight? Is the liquid considered 100%, or is it diluted? The tile-making example looked really cool. But two whole paragraphs on the silly fill tubes? And nothing after pouring the slip into the mold. How long to wait? How do you remove the tile after you open the mold? What if the tile doesn't want to come out? And (on page 68) "Mix the Hydrocal and pour it into the frame." Ok - nothing - nothing about mixing Hydrocal. How much water? How long to wait? Is it the same as #1 Plaster? Also (page 19) "Then sand the whole exterior...Sand the interior surfaces as well..." Huh? Why do that? Is it optional, or a key step to getting a successful cast? Also, how long do you dry the molds before you can use them? It's a mystery....
* Instructions don't work - I followed the mixing and pouring of plaster and slip down to the last available detail, including the cone 7 Hensley/Polseno recipe. The casts won't come out of the molds. From Troubleshooting, suggests the mold is too wet (how long do you let the things dry?) or too much EPK, but I used the recipe in the book!
The author is obviously an accomplished artist, and I was inspired by the introduction, coming to see slip casting as a legitimate form of artistic expression. However, the book seems to miss the mark for novices just getting started. After some rather extensive efforts, I'm really frustrated, but I'm not giving up! Now looking for other references.
Good luck!
An Excellent resource book  Jan 2, 2008
This book is well written and shows very good photos. Mold making can be hard and very messy so having a clear idea of what you are going to be doing is important. Andrew Martin shows you step by step how to approach mold making beginning with very simple molds through to complex molds. Lots of lovely inspiring photos from master artists. This is a great book for any ceramics library.
Best mold book on the market.  Dec 19, 2007
In preparation for teaching mold making at Utah State University, I purchased 4 different mold-making books. After careful examination I decided that Andrew Martin's book is the one I'll use as my text for the class. I wouldn't recommend it for someone who is trying to learn to make molds without a base knowledge in clay and plaster, but, as a text book in an intermediate to advanced setting, this book is the one to use.
Great Book  Oct 7, 2007
I had to get this book for a college ceramics course. It is great. It has everything I need for making molds. A definite must have for anyone in ceramics.

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