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DATE Sat, July 10th - Sun, July 11th

TIME 10:00 am–4:00 pm

COST $240


Relief from Relief: Papercasting
Taught by Tom Balbo

Learn the art of papercasting from the Morgan’s founder and Artistic Director, Tom Balbo. Tom has developed a process in which repurposed, everyday objects are placed on the surface of a vacuum table to create a composition. Pigmented pulp is then poured on top, and the vacuum table removes the water from the pulp to form the cast. Smaller-scale casting processes suitable for a home or classroom studio will also be demonstrated. The results are low relief, cast paper panels comprised of a variety of textures, shapes, and colors.

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Tom Balbo is a Cleveland-based artist whose work has been collected for well over 30 years. Graduating from Baldwin-Wallace College with a BA in 1977, he completed his MFA in Studio Arts at Syracuse University in 1980 where he was awarded a Syracuse University Fellowship Grant and a Ford Foundation Grant. 
In 2007, Tom teamed up with noted Cleveland-area artists and national hand papermaking artists to improve and conserve the art of paper & book arts educational programming in the US. Knowing that these were art forms worth preserving, the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation officially opened its doors in October 2008.

Supply List​​ 

  • Waterproof, slip resistant shoes

  • Lunch and a beverage

  • Objects to cast

Materials with an asterisk (*) next to them are sold in our store.