Ceramic Lamp Creation Using Found Objects

A course by Marre Moerel
Artist . Zaragoza, Spain.
Joined March 2021
, Artist

Learn the process of transforming an abstract idea into an original ceramic piece using found objects to make plaster casting molds

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Learn the process of transforming an abstract idea into an original ceramic piece using found objects to make plaster casting molds

  • 99% positive reviews (89)
  • 3487 students
  • 18 lessons (4h 38m)
  • 14 additional resources (1 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
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  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
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The design of objects is an opportunity to redefine our perspective and appreciate the beauty and simplicity of everyday life. Marre Moerel has built a successful career around creating conceptual ceramic designs that are rooted in her instinctive approach to creating.

Let Marre guide you through each step of her creative process to build your own original ceramic lighting. Explore the use of everyday objects to build a contemporary design, ready to light up interiors with elegance and originality. Learn how to make your own plaster molds, cast your chosen object in clay, and join them together to create your one-off ceramic lamp.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Design Development
  • U3
    U3. Mold Making and Casting
  • U4
    U4. Design
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Meet Marre, learn about her journey as an artist and the projects she holds close to her heart. Explore the many artists that influence her work in relation to the prominent themes found in her work.

Learn how to find ideas for your design based on found objects. See types of spheres you can use to create a mold for lighting and understand how to make them. Then, go through the materials you need to create your ceramic lamp and see how to set up your workspace before preparing the first part of your mold.

Time to get your hands dirty! Learn step by step how to create the walls of your plaster mold, then mix and pour the plaster. Prepare your mold for use, then see how to open and remove your sphere. Clean and make small adjustments to your mold if needed before seeing how to dry it correctly. Marre guides you through making a ceramic slip, casting your first sphere, and preparing it for joining.

Discover the process of joining your ceramic elements to create a new shape. Decide on the final design while taking technical aspects into consideration, before creating your openings for lighting. Once your object is ready, learn how to add the finishing touches and fire your ceramic creation in a kiln.

Explore different techniques for ceramic finishes such as sanding, glazing, and firing. Hear about the tools needed to wire your final pendant lamp and the steps required to assemble it. Next, it’s time to turn your lamp on and see the final result! Discover how to create other lighting effects, and learn how to correctly pack your object for safe shipping. Finish the course with Marre’s tips on the design industry and how to share your work and portfolio.

What is this course's project?

Design and create a contemporary pendant lamp using existing objects.

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone curious about producing original ceramic objects. Those who enjoy manual crafts, arts, and design-related creative outlets will also enjoy the course.

Requirements and materials

Experience with power tools and working with knives is required.

To create your spheres, you will need a wooden work board, smooth clay, plaster for the mold, wire or nylon to cut the clay, a knife, brushes, and modeling tools (Marre will talk you through which you’ll need), release agent, 3 buckets, a sheet of 8mm plastic, a piece of foam, and a plastic bag.

For your ceramic casting, you will need clay (low fire powder), water, a mixing machine, a spatula, some tools (Marre will talk you through which you’ll need in the course), a circular template, sanding pads, foam pads, a cotton rag, pre-made glazing, water, Tupperware, and plastic jars.

For the wiring process, you will need a 1cm cable, wire strippers, a mat knife, screwdrivers, a lamp holder, E-14 Europe: 3 pieces, a cable connector, a hook, and a plug with a safety mechanism.


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Marre Moerel

A course by Marre Moerel

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As the daughter of an architect father and artist mother, Marre has always been exposed to exploring creative outlets. She has been participating in exhibitions since her studies in fashion, which she found too limiting for her ideas. Marre eventually switched to studying sculpture and continued with furniture design. It was during her first exhibition in Milan that her ceramic lamps were recognized, and put into production by Italy’s most renowned design company, Cappellini.

Marre has been running her own design business for twenty years. She has made furniture, tableware, decorative homeware, jewelry, watches, and more. She has designed for Capellini, Offecct, and the interiors of the hamburger restaurant chain “Home Burger”. However, Marre’s biggest client is herself, and prefers the total freedom that is brought by working on her own projects.


  • U1


    • Influences
    • About Me
  • U2

    Design Development

    • Concept Development and Technical Considerations 1
    • Concept Development and Technical Considerations 2
    • Materials 1
    • Materials 2
    • Setting up Your Workspace and Prep Mold
  • U3

    Mold Making and Casting

    • Making the Mold 1
    • Making the Mold 2
    • Opening and Drying the Mold
    • Casting the Object with Ceramic Slip 1
    • Casting the Object with Ceramic Slip 2
  • U4


    • Joining and Building 1
    • Joining and Building 2
    • Sanding, Firing, and Glazing 1
    • Sanding, Firing, and Glazing 2
    • Wiring
    • Final Piece and Other Shapes
  • FP

    Final project

    • Ceramic Lamp Creation Using Found Objects

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Ceramic Lamp Creation Using Found Objects. Craft course by Marre Moerel

Ceramic Lamp Creation Using Found Objects

A course by Marre Moerel
Artist . Zaragoza, Spain.
Joined March 2021
  • 99% positive reviews (89)
  • 3487 students