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Tools That Make Tools: Mix-Media and Ceramics Mold-Making for Storytelling

June 26, 2022 - July 8, 2022

Kwok-Pong “Bobby” Tso  ·  bobbytso.com

Workshop at a glance

Learn the method of mold making as tool to create objects for storytelling and the use of imageries to create utilitarian wares or sculptural parts as systems of communication.


  • Mold-making for ceramics
  • Surface application, assemblage with ceramics and mixed media


  • Basic sculpting tools
  • Plaster
  • Casting slip


  • Develop meaning and explanation in storytelling, or identity within the artwork
  • Enhance the ability for mold making and studio practice
  • Create working molds and finished pieces

Artist Bio

Kwok-Pong “Bobby” Tso is assistant professor at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas. He was born and raised in Hong Kong and completed his MA and MFA from the University of Iowa. Tso was named as Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist in 2014 and NCECA Emerging Artist in 2016 and the summer resident of Archie Bray Foundation in 2014 and 2015
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Workshop Description

During this workshop students learn the methods of mold making as a tool to create art objects that are used for storytelling. You will incorporate personal narratives, culture, or imagery to create utilitarian wares or sculptural parts as a system of communication. Through exploration of mold making, prototyping, surface finishes, assemblage of casted components, and mixed media, participants will create the tools they need to fully tell their story. The class will include demonstrations, slides, activities, and discussion to promote a creative and experimental environment. The goal is for students to enhance their ability to create functional molds and embrace their personal experience within their works. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $1,210  ·  materials list

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