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.

There is something wrong with blogger commenting, hopefully they get it fixed soon, it is affecting all blogs - the problem is fixed now, so you should be able to comment.


  1. I'm testing to see if I can comment.

  2. I seem to be able to comment again.

    The cart is a good balance between rickety and sturdy. Have you thought of trying a roof made as a secure lid?
    How thick do you make your plate?

  3. Could you make a clay animal and put it in the cart before you finished enclosing it?

  4. Hi Suzi, thanks, I was going to email you but I don't have your email can you send me an email and then I'll have it.

    Suzi, I think the plates are about 3/8 thick now that they are dry, we shall see, cooling down now. I plan on making a solid roof one too, the main problem is with the thinness of the uprights holding up anything which is any heavier. I also want to make some with a leather or canvas roof that I stitch on after firing, some colorful ones too, so many ideas and so little time.

    Hi Lori, thanks, I thought about sculpting an animal, but my skill at sculpting isn't that good, but I will try and see what I can come up with, thanks for the pushing me towards working harder.

  5. The cart is too cute!
    I recently made a couple sushi sets. I have to make them pretty thick, otherwise the plates warp really bad.

  6. Really cute cart, Linda. Any chance Blogger would fit in there? Have a great weekend!

  7. Hi Cindy, thanks, I'll fire the plates tomorrow for the glaze load and we shall see.

    Hi Kittie, thanks, blogger and a few others might have to wall them in and send them off. Ha.


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