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Creation of Molds for Ceramic Reproduction

A course by Xènia Bas
Ceramist. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined August 2019
, Ceramist

Learn the techniques of mold making with plaster and reproduce unique and inspiring objects

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (541)
  • 15222 students

Learn the techniques of mold making with plaster and reproduce unique and inspiring objects

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (541)
  • 15222 students
  • 15 lessons (1h 19m)
  • 30 additional resources (9 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

A mold offers a world of possibilities for reproducing ceramics, not only in terms of output, but also artistic experimentation. No one knows this better than ceramist and nature lover Xènia Bas, whose passion for working with her hands led to open her own ceramics studio: Bas. While she loves crafting original pieces from scratch, mold making gives her the ability to masterfully reproduce the simplicity of an object from nature.

In this course, Xènia teaches you how to reproduce a ceramic object, whether it's your own design or merely an object that inspires you. Discover the ins and outs of working with plaster and the secrets to making a reliable mold you can use over and over again. Learn to see the world through the lens of volume to transform any object into a ceramic piece.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Previous considerations / What to know
  • U3
    U3. Making a two-part cast ceramic mold
  • U4
    U4. Ceramic Reproduction
  • U5
    U5. Use and storage
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin by getting to know Xènia Bas, who tells you about how her brand Bas came to be and what she's currently working on. She also shares the influential people that have shaped the way she understands and approaches her art.

Before you go any further, review the materials you need for the course, paying special attention to plaster—the star ingredient in mold making. Learn the essentials of designing and producing a ceramic object and study the concept of volume-space through a few simple exercises designed to train your eye.

Now it's time to make your mold! Create a clay bed and the casing for the first half of your mold. Then remove the bed, replace the casing for the second half, and get ready to reproduce your pieces.

Prepare the ceramic slip and follow your teacher's instructions for the casting process. Once removed, Xènia shows you how to polish and personalize your piece with a variety of techniques, including cutting, scraping, and texturing.

Round out the course by learning how to use and care for your mold so that it lasts for years to come. Xènia also gives you some extra tips on creative uses for it.

What is this course's project?

Create a plaster mold to reproduce a ceramic object; you can use it to make as many copies as you'd like and experiment with different finishes and creative techniques.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Designers, artisans, illustrators, and anyone with a creative mind who wants to learn the mold-making technique to easily transform their ideas into ceramics.

Requirements and materials

The material list for this course includes a framing square and a ruler, a pencil, a plaster rasp, sculpting tools, a pitcher for measuring water, a soft bucket (made of silicone or a similar material) for mixing plaster, a normal bucket for washing your hands (two five-liter bottles cut in half works fine), wooden boards for the casing (approximately 35x17x1 cm), a cutting knife, a spreading knife or a teaspoon, a sponge, a towel, a face mask for dust, white clay, plaster, liquid soap or a release agent, and, most importantly, the object you want to reproduce.


15222 Students
541 Reviews
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Xènia Bas

A course by Xènia Bas

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Xènia Bas is a ceramic artist and the founder of Bas, a ceramics workshop in Barcelona. Growing up in a family of artisans largely influenced her career path, starting with her decision to study at the school of Artes y Oficios where she specialized in jewelry making.

In 2013, she founded Bas alongside her husband, a brand devoted to high-quality artisanal objects centered around designer, ceramic flowerpots with a contemporary style. In 2016, she received the award for best artisan brand in Catalonia. Xènia's work is currently divided into three branches that complement one another: flowerpot design, projects for interior designers, restorers, illustrators, and other designers, and teaching about ceramics—specifically, how to build reusable molds.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course
  • U2

    Previous considerations / What to know

    • Tools and materials
    • Design for ceramics
    • Educate the look
  • U3

    Making a two-part cast ceramic mold

    • Realization of the bed
    • First part of the mold
    • Second part of the mold
    • Open and finish the mold
  • U4

    Ceramic Reproduction

    • Clay Preparation
    • Performing a laundry
    • Interventions in the piece
  • U5

    Use and storage

    • Mold care
    • Creative mold utilities
  • FP

    Final project

    • Creation of Molds for Ceramic Reproduction

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

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Creation of Molds for Ceramic Reproduction. Craft course by Xènia Bas Best seller

Creation of Molds for Ceramic Reproduction

A course by Xènia Bas
Ceramist. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined August 2019
  • 99% positive reviews (541)
  • 15222 students