K12 Teacher Workshop: Making Molds & Slip Casts

Workshop Dates: March 3 & 4, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. (POSTPONED)
Workshop Fee: $25 
Open to Maine K-12 Art Educators
IMPORTANT:  Due to unexpected technical difficulties in the studio, Watershed must postpone this workshop to a future date.  
If you would like to be notified of the rescheduled date, please email info@watershedceramics.org

This two-day hands-on workshop, taught by Watershed’s studio manager Reeder Fahnestock, will cover basic processes and techniques for fabricating two piece molds to create slip cast ceramics.  You will come away with a new two-part mold and the skills to lead students through the mold-making process. Topics covered will include:

  • Selecting and preparing objects to be molded
  • Measuring, mixing and pouring plaster
  • Casting slip formulation
  • Casting objects with slip
  • Common problems encountered during the process



Workshop Details

  • Participants should bring a notebook and pencil. 
  • All materials will be provided, including an object suitable for two-piece casting. You are encouraged to bring personal objects to review their suitability for casting with the instructor.
  • Payment for workshop is due online with registration. Watershed can provide you with a receipt to submit for reimbursement.
  • Watershed will offer a light breakfast and lunch during the workshop days. 
  • Dinners and overnight accommodations on campus will not be available. Participants will be responsible for dinners and arranging their own overnight accommodations. See our FAQs for a list of area lodging options.
  • The workshop will be held at Watershed’s Windgate Studio. Head to 19 Brick Hill Rd in Newcastle, stay right at the fork and follow to the end of the road. 
  • Watershed will provide proof of contact hours for participants.
  • This workshop is limited to 8 participants to provide ample opportunities for individualized instruction.


COVID Safety Protocols

Watershed’s priority is the safety of workshop participants, instructors, and staff.

  • Participants will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon arrival.
  • Participants will be required to wear masks indoors and if working in close proximity to each other outdoors.
  • Watershed’s new Windgate Studio is large enough to ensure at least 6 feet of social distancing. The Studio is also equipped with a new ventilation system that includes MERV 8 and 13 filters.