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Pottery Molds for Clay

Sprig Mold display in Dogwood Ceramic Supply showroom

    Pottery Molds for Clay are a necessary tool for sculpting or handbuilding clay to achieve shapes or designs that could not otherwise be accomplished with the pottery wheel. To assist the clay artist, Dogwood Ceramic Supply offers several different types of Molds for Clay.  We use the simple name "Molds for Clay", because with the exception of the Press Molds, none of the Molds for Clay are practical to use for slip casting molds.  All of the Pottery Molds for Clay are manufactured from #1 Pottery Plaster which allows the mold to allow for easy release of the ware following the mold's shaping, forming or decorating a simple slab of moist clay into a complex shape.

Handbuilding molds

    The Creative Paradise Handbuilding Molds are Dogwood Ceramic Supply's primary line of Molds for Clay.  Creative Paradise was formed after Janet and Ron Kimple retired at the end of 2000 and sold the assets of the Kimple Mold Company to a family member.  Since that time, Creative Paradise has diversified and offers clay molds and tools for the potter, warm glass molds and supplies for the glass artist.

Press Molds for Clay

    The most common Pottery Mold is the Press Mold.  The Press Molds, also known as Sprig Molds for Clay, are usually an open, flat design manufactured from plaster which is appropriate for slip casting or working with moist clay.  Depending upon the purpose of the mold, the design (impression) can be highly detailed or very plain, the edges of the design may be smooth or detailed, and the depth of the design can be shallow or deep.

    While all of the Press Molds for Clay may be used with casting slips, the primary purpose of these molds is to be used with moist clay.  Clay is pressed into the mold, the absorbent plaster evenly draws moisture from the clay body which limits cracking and sticking, and when the clay has dried to the leather hard stage the design is removed for further drying or attaching to other clay objects.

press modls for clay

Dogwood Ceramic Supply stocks Press Molds for Clay from 3 unique mold manufacturers:


Creative Paradise Sprig Molds

     Creative Paradise has developed an entire line of sprig molds. The depth of the design is perfect for adding the sprig (design) unto thrown or molded clay shapes as an embellishment to clay projects, or for stand alone uses such as clay jewelry. Dogwood Ceramic Supply stocks the entire selection of Creative Paradise Sprig Molds.





Wagon Wheel Pottery Molds


     The early Wagon Wheel Molds were designed as jewelry molds typically for slip casting.  Those Wagon Wheel Mold designs tended to be smaller, simpler items usually with smooth edges that are ideal for ear rings, pendants and other jewelry uses OR larger designs specifically for slip casting.  Wagon Wheel has significantly expanded their offerings over the past decade to include a wide selection of designs ranging from one-piece casting molds to sprig molds for the pottery.  Dogwood Ceramic Supply stocks the largest selection of Wagon Wheel molds in the known universe.




Riverview Molds for Clay

     While Riverview Magnet Molds generally have a smoother or shallower edge that is ideal for use as magnet molds or for ornaments, many of the Riverview Magnet Molds also make excellent press molds for working with moist clay.   Dogwood Ceramic Supply offers a huge selection of Riverview Magnet Molds that appeal to many customers.

Slump and Hump Molds for Clay

    Slump and Hump Molds for Clay are large plaster molds used in forming moist clay into shapes which are not easily accomplished on the pottery wheel.  These plaster molds for clay are collectively called slump, hump or drape molds depending upon the design and purpose of the mold.

    Convex plaster forms are known as "hump molds" or "drape molds", while concave plaster forms are known as "slump molds". The difference between a hump mold and a drape mold is the degree of slope of the shape.  Drape molds have a shallower slope than hump molds.

    To select between a hump and a slump mold of the same shape, the artist must decide whether access to the inside surface (available with a slump) or the outside surface (available with a hump or drape) is most important. Drape or Hump molds give the advantage of adding feet and handles to the outer surface of the piece in addition to decorating the outer surface.  One must be sure to remove drying clay from a hump mold precisely at the leather-hard stage due to potential cracks from shrinkage strain.  Slump molds allow the clay piece to dry in the mold with a limited risk of cracking because the clay is able to shrink away from the plaster wall without the physical restrictions present in the hump.

slump and hump molds for clay

    Creative Paradise, offers an extensive line of Slumps, Humps and Drape Molds specifically for use with moist clay.  There are 10 Slump Molds for Clay, 9 Hump Molds for Clay, 7 Drape Molds for Clay plus 11 Combination Slump and Hump Molds for Clay.  The combination Slump and Hump mold developed by Creative Paradise (both the slump and the mirror image hump are sold as a complete set) is perfect for the classroom and ideal for ease of shipping to the customer.

Texture Molds for Clay

    Texture Molds for Clay, also known as textured slab molds, are detailed one piece plaster slabs that have the texture detail across the entire face of the mold. Slabs of moist clay are pressed against the textured surface, thus transferring the details from the mold to the moist clay. The detailed slabs of clay are assembled or attached to other clay objects.

Texture Molds for Clay

    Creative Paradise has an extensive line of Textured Molds for Clay with 18 different designs and counting.  Most of the Creative Paradise Textured Molds for Clay are approximately 12" x 12" in size, which is useful for working with larger slabs of clay or overlaying the repeating design.

Clay Stamps

    The Clay Stamps manufactured by Creative Paradise, are also known as ceramic stamps because the stamp material is actually fired earthenware (ceramic) clay. Clay Stamps are designed to press complex designs into leather hard clay surfaces.  Manufacturing the Clay Stamp out of ceramic clay is actually preferred over a metal or rubber stamp as the ceramic clay does not readily stick to the moist clay like metal stamps and is much stiffer than any rubber material resulting in cleaner imprints of the design.  Clay Stamps are in sets of 3 individual clay stamps of a specific theme and are approximately 1" in size.  Clay Stamps are especially ideal for classroom because the simple design encourages use by children.

Clay Stamps for clay

Creative paradise molds for clay

    Dogwood Ceramic Supply is an award winning Creative Paradise Distributor and actively stocks the Creative Paradise Handbuilding Molds for sale to schools and active studios as well as the hobby and professional potter.

    Important note:  It has been often suggested that the Molds for Clay should be made from a lighter weight or more durable material than Pottery Plaster.  While that suggestion does have some merit (especially with regards to shipping costs) and there are multiple sources of cheap Chinese clay molds made from low cost rubber or wood, there is also no doubt that plaster remains the superior mold material due to the ability to absorb substantial quantities of water from the moist clay, which in turn decreases the set up time and improves the release from the mold without needing any release agents.  Plaster may not be the least expensive and it is most definitely not the lightest product, but it is remains the best product.  And plaster molds are made in America, which is not a bad thing.




Dogwood Ceramic Supply

12590 Dedeaux Road
Gulfport Mississippi, 39503
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Thursday 1PM to 6PM

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