Saline Ceramics Artist Leads Workshop at Clinton Arts Center

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 09/14/2016 - 14:37
Emily LoPresto

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.

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Clinton Arts Center (CAC) offers robust creative development opportunities for youth and adults in a lively, encouraging environment. CAC is a dynamic, non-profit, arts organization focused on bringing valuable arts learning and development to youth and adults. Clinton Arts Center offers classes in ceramics, glass, metals, drawing, painting and mixed media. Custom art parties are available for youth through adults, for businesses or groups. CAC is located at 9842 Fisk Road, Clinton MI just off US 12. For more information about Clinton Arts Center visit our website www.clintonartscenter.org, call 517-456-5145 or email [email protected]