In my small ceramics studio, I use a variety of homemade bisque molds to make some of my ceramic forms. Bisque (also referred to as biscuit) molds are clay forms I fire to about 1915 degrees, or cone 04. I wrote about how I use the bisque molds here. In this post, I’ll explain how I create the molds.
I’ve made clay molds in the past on a pottery wheel at a local community studio, but I don’t own a wheel, so now I make hand-built molds. I learned this method in an article from Pottery Making Illustrated magazine, written by Tom Jaszczack.
Once the mold is completely dry, it’s fired in the kiln, and then it’s ready to use over and over again to make other forms. And I just may make a new piece using this mold today… Bon ceramique!