The modelmaker creates original forms in three dimensions, translating flat drawings into objects in space.

I make two types for models for the tableware industry: 

A Design Model is a visual representation, made to finished size, for the purpose of study, presentation, design development, market research, etc.

A Tooling Model is a master pattern from which original molds are made. It may include added elements related to mold configuration. In ceramics, a tooling model will be scaled up in size, to compensate for clay shrinkage.

In my studio, model making projects range from precisely executed dinnerware shapes based on clients' technical drawings, to sculptural forms requiring invention, interpretation, and collaboration. 

As is traditional in the pottery industry, almost all my modelmaking is done in plaster.  I've spent many years developing skills and techniques, collecting and building tools and equipment, and organizing my studio for safety, convenience, precision, and efficiency in working with this marvelously versatile material.

The work in plaster is complemented by facilities for working with other materials, such as wood, ceramics, metal, plastics, rubber, and resin.

"Daniel Mehlman's work, and spirit, have been a great asset in helping us 
to develop our designs. Lines of communication were always clean and
clear, his technical guidance always to the point, the work always done
beautifully and perfectly the first time, and impressive to our clients."

- Lorenzo Porcelli, Industrial Designer, past Chair of the New York Chapter of IDSA

Recent Shop Talk

Slipcasting Plates

How to design molds for slipcast plates, platters, shallow bowls and similar forms

Solo Show, Bethlehem Public Library, Prints and Drawings, 12/2015

Solo show of Prints, Drawings, and Collages at the Bethlehem (NY) Public Library

Solo Show, Bethlehem Public Library, Collages. 12/2015

A suite of collages with Jokers

Figure Drawings

A few selections of figure drawings from recent years.

“Rookwood for Mottahedeh” shapes

Three shapes for Rookwood/Mottahedeh

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