K12 Teacher Workshop: Making Molds & Slip Casts

Workshop Dates: August 15 & 16
Workshop Fee: $25 
Optional Housing: $60
Open to Maine K-12 Art Educators

In this two-day hands-on workshop, Watershed Studio Manager Reeder Fahnestock will cover basic processes 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. The workshop will cover:

  • 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 other 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.
  • The workshop will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on August 15 and 16.
  • Watershed will provide proof of contact hours for participants.
  • Payment for the 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. Participants will be responsible for their own dinner.  
  • Participants may elect to stay on campus the night of August 15 for an additional fee of $60. Housing is in single occupancy rooms furnished with twin beds. Participants should bring their own sheets, blankets, and towels.
  • 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.