Press Molds for Potters

Molds have been part of the potter’s tool kit forever. This one-day workshop will focus on each participant making his or her own platter mold to take home at the end of the day. You will be assisted by instructor Douglas Bamford in each step, from conceptualization of a form, through all technical steps, to completion of your mold. It is intended to demonstrate how new forms are recognized then transformed into useful functional and highly decorative objects. This workshop is open to all levels of potters.

About Douglas Bamford:

Douglas Bamford lives in “Old Town”, Lunenburg, N.S.. He splits his time between a vibrant studio practice and his position as Senior Ceramics Technician at NSCAD University. He holds a BFA in Ceramics and a B.ED, Art Education from NSCAD, 1995, and a diploma from Sheridan School of Design 1975 where he majored in both furniture design and ceramics.

“As an artist and designer I have a love of useful and beautiful objects. My art is an investigation of the history and meaning of ornamental language and it’s place in a contemporary world. I attempt to make meaningful provocative and accessible objects and monuments using such stable timeless icons as architectural ornament and ceramic tile pattern.”

Bamford has a rich background as a ceramic artist, a builder, furniture and fixture designer, educator and public artist. He recently completed a major architectural ceramic commission; “Steel Making” for Sydney, Cape Breton.