How to Press Mold Clay into a Silicone Mold - Timelapse Video

The video above demonstrates the process of press molding clay into a silicone mold to make a clay cast, which can then be altered from the original.  This process is fairly easy to do, and can be an affordable alternative to casting.  The main disadvantages are distortion, shrinkage, and stress cracks.  Still, it can be a fast way to cast an edition of similar, yet not identical,  forms. 

Directed by yours truly.  Shot on location in Ledyard, CT

Yelizaveta Masalimova, 2016 

Variations on a form

A piece that is currently in progress and nearing completion, is shown below.  The pedestal is made of welded steel, and the figure is terra cotta with resin and acrylic.  

The sculpture above, as well as those below, are examples of my experimentation with ceramics and glazes through the use of one mold to make variations on a repeated form. 

Some process shots of several of the pieces in the left hand column.  

Terra Cotta Portrait Study

Jan 2014 

Finished a Terra Cotta portrait of my friend and amazing ceramic artist Brooks Oliver!  

After sculpting the head and facial expression, I needed to hollow out the head.  Inside, I had an armature consisting of a pipe, toilet float, expandable foam, and wire.  I cut the top of the head off with a wire, avoiding the ears and face.  Once hollowed out, I punched plenty of holes into the clay to allow moisture to escape more easily from the clay when it is fired.  Thanks to my friend and inspirational artist Roberto Lugo, it is being fired!  Hopefully it doesn't explode...

Once I joined the two head pieces back together with clay slip (I scored the edges of the clay first), I finished off Brooks' fabulous hair texture, added his very identifiable glasses, and placed wax on the thin parts to keep them from drying out too fast and cracking.  The wax is the white stuff that you can see on the glasses.