Audrey Ammann
Jan 30, 2024

DIY Vacuum Form Lamps

In-person at InterAccess - Register Here!

Join artist Audrey Ammann in this hands-on workshop that will guide participants through the basics of vacuum forming to design their own LED lamp covers.

Vacuum forming is one of the simplest thermoforming techniques that allows artists to produce quick and consistent mold formations. A vacuum former uses the process of heating a plastic sheet until soft, placing it on a mold, and applying suction force to shape the plastic to the desired shape.

In this hands-on workshop, participants will design, create and assemble a DIY vacuum-formed lamp cover. Participants will get a brief introduction to the vacuum former, learn some basics of product design and considerations for making molds, as well as some creative approaches to play with the process!

Materials Provided:

  • Plastic sheets for the vacuum former (opaque white)
  • A small lamp cord

Participants should bring an object they want to vacuum form, based on the following considerations:

  • No greater than 10”x14” in length/width
  • Made of approved materials: wood, MDF, metal, resin, ceramics, fired polymer clay, fiberglass, Plaster of Paris (if unsure, please email to confirm)
  • Simple shapes work best: no undercuts, shallow (not tall/thin), rounded corners preferred. Consider that you'll want something that can accommodate a light bulb!

If you have any questions about whether your object is suitable, please email in advance of the workshop and we'll be happy to assist.

Questions? If you have any questions about the workshop or special requirements, please contact us at

Cancellation and Rescheduling Policy: We are unable to accommodate attendee cancellations or refunds less than 1 week prior to a workshop or event. InterAccess reserves the right to cancel or reschedule this workshop if necessary.

InterAccess’s Winter 2024 Education Programming is made possible through the support of EQ Bank.



Audrey Ammann is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist from the United States and recent graduate from the University of Toronto Visual Studies undergraduate program. Her extensive background in costume and haunted house design acts as a thematic and aesthetic foundation for her practice. Through assemblies of video, sound, augmented reality, performance, installation and research, she uncovers, reenacts, and reimagines digital legends and personal memories that sit on the edge of obscurity. Audrey Ammann is a 2023 InterAccess Media Arts Prize finalist.


For over twenty years the InterAccess Media Arts Prize has been granted annually to a graduating student whose work exhibits excellence and innovation in new media practice. Participating colleges and universities are invited to nominate one graduating student to be considered for a solo exhibition in InterAccess's gallery. Nominations are adjudicated by InterAccess's Programming Committee, who select one nominee for an exhibition at InterAccess. All nominees receive a complimentary one-year studio membership to InterAccess. 



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Equity Access Pricing

To reduce financial barriers, a pay-what-you-can discount is available for any community members that self-identify as part of an equity-seeking group. To request an Equity Access code to use for workshop registration, please email Studio Members also receive a discounted rate on workshops, in addition to other great benefits.

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