I tried to make mold before and I did not like it. I just could not find the "joy" of handcrafting in mold process and I think my hands are the molds anyway.
My friend Margaret told her students that it is good to start with pinching bowls in the beginning of the year, in her firs class of 2012. Something about using your hands calms you down and brings a peaceful feeling to you.
I agree with it.