Join Brooks in the Watershed studio to develop your mold making and slip casting skills this fall. Over the 2.5 day course, Brooks will teach you how to create one, two, and three part plaster molds for slip casting and press molding. He will also cover helpful model-making techniques and give pointers on technical trouble-shooting. The workshop will encourage participants to playfully explore and rethink this industrial way of making and will include demonstrations and hands-on studio time.
Students should should come with several objects they are interested in molding with the intention of making a one part mold and at least one multiple part mold to take home. Objects should be no more than 5″ x 5″ x 5″ in size.
Brooks Oliver is a studio artist based in Dallas, Texas. He was named one of NCECA’s 2017 Emerging Artists and recently completed a two-year long-term residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. He has taught at West Virginia University’s Jingdezhen program, Penn State University, and the Archie Bray Foundation, and served as a studio technician at multiple public and private studios.
Brooks’ work inherently blurs the boundaries between craft, design, industry, and technology. By marrying the production techniques of CAD software and rapid prototyping technologies with the creation techniques of the hand, he forms a unique dialog between the digital and clay that ultimately influences both ways of making.
He received a MFA in Studio Art at Penn State University, a BFA from Southern Methodist University, and completed his post baccalaureate studies at Syracuse University.