Friday, March 30, 2012
Semi Rickety Cart
Here's the next installment on the rickety carts. This one is semi rickety. Of course that could change after firing. The uprights may break away, go askew, and this cart will become very rickety in appearance. That's because there's only a small amount of surface connecting the uprights together at the top. Paper clay might be good to construct these with, one of these days I'll give it a try. These carts are deceptively simple looking but this one has 28 separate pieces. Toilet paper cardboard is a clay artist's best friend, they're great for propping up pieces till they dry sufficiently to stand on their own and support the load above. They have just the right amount of spring in them to put up pressure but not too much. Then there's a piece of two by four which wasn't high enough so I added two cone holders.
When I look at this cart I keep thinking I want to make one of those carts that used to carry circus animals in it. I think it would be cool to put one of those plastic or metal animals inside after firing. But how to get it in there if I have all the uprights fired in place? Maybe a few of the uprights would have to be removable. Something to ponder. Meanwhile the thicker plates are almost through their first trial by fire. However, the glaze load will be the real test as to whether they hold their shape or not. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.
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