Emily LoPresto is a long time ceramic artist. She always knew she wanted to be an artist. LoPresto discovered her niche in ceramics when she took a wheel throwing class at the Ann Arbor Art Center at the age of 12.
From then on, she had a long time association with AAAC as a student, clay studio assistant, and camp instructor among other things. She continued her work at the College for Creative Studies majoring in Crafts with a focus in ceramics.
The summer before LoPresto’s senior year, her interest in mold making blossomed during an intensive summer workshop. During the two week session, she learned a variety of techniques and processes that convinced her that mold making was the future of her art work.
“A lot of people don’t understand mold making. They think it’s a ceramic shortcut, but what I make, can’t be made by wheel throwing or hand building techniques. I make work that is made for slip casting,” LoPresto explained.
She emphasized that mold making is a creative opportunity for experienced and beginning ceramic artists. “Mold making is an opportunity to learn a new way to approach ceramics. It’s also an interesting place to start, especially if you have a design mind,” she said.
LoPresto is leading a two Saturday workshop entitled “Introduction to Mold Making: Tiles” Oct 29 & Nov 4 from 1 to 4pm. The focus of the workshop will be on tile making. Students are asked to bring a simple design on paper for their tile mold.
“Tile making is very straight forward. You start with clay then you use plaster. It’s very hands-on. With tile press molding you wedge, and press and sometimes you use a hammer. You’re using the mold like a tool. It’s more related to hand building,” said LoPresto.
Emily LoPresto works at Clinton Arts Center as a full time mold maker and instructor. To enroll in her workshop, visit clintonartscenter.org, or call 517-456-5145.