Casts and Characters: Techniques in Slab-Building

Pair of bust sculptures
Pair of bust sculptures

Date: June 13-17, 2022 (Summer)
Medium: Sculpture
Instructor: Kourtney Stone (email)
Skill Level: Intermediate-Advanced

Let’s learn to love slabs! Students will explore applications of slab-building through the use of silicone press molds and construction of figurative sculpture. By the end of the workshop, students will have made a silicone mold for use in their own studio, constructed a bust, and gained an understanding of different approaches to slab-building.

At this time, registration for Casts and Characters: Techniques in Slab-Building is closed.


Supply List

Supplies are subject to change. A final list will be emailed to each participant before the first day of class.

  • An Exacto knife or scalpel
  • Your personal clay tools- fettling knife, needle tool, serrated rib, rubber rib, loop tools, modeling tools, paint brushes, etc
  • 2-5 small objects of which you might like to make a mold. They can be objects you've found or made, and they should be about 3-6 inches tall/wide. Objects with nonporous surfaces are best (no silicone or fabric surfaces).
  • Sketchbook and writing utensil for taking notes

Estimated Cost to Student: $20-30



Studio Fee

All workshops have a studio fee. Fees are collected at the end of the workshop and payable by check or credit card. MU no longer accepts cash.

Estimated studio fee for this workshop: $TBD*

*The final cost may vary depending on the actual cost of materials at the time of the workshop. It is possible for fees to be less or greater than the range indicated depending upon individual student usage.

Studio supply fees are an estimate and can be subject to change due to supply chain issues or transportation cost.


About the Instructor

Originally from central Pennsylvania, Kourtney Stone attended Maryland Institute College of Art, earning her BFA in Ceramics and MA in Teaching. Kourtney has presented at Mid-Atlantic Clay Conference, NCECA, MAEA, and the Figurative Association Symposium. She was a resident artist at Baltimore Clayworks and Arrowmont’s Pentaculum, and a visiting artist at Lebanon Valley College. Kourtney received her MFA from Georgia State University. She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor in Ceramics at Indiana University in Bloomington.