Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Linda left a comment about slump molds on my last post so i decided to snap some pictures of the ones i have been using.
in the background are two of the molds i have... one is a square the other hexagonal.  i can't remember where i purchased them from but i do know they were made in Canada.  i also have two square dish shapes that my friend steve made for john.  i wish i had multiples of each shape, it would be much more efficient.
when the weather is dry i can form them in the morning and pop them out by late afternoon/early evening... but when it is humid they need to sit about 24 hours.  i believe these molds are made of pine.

here are some of the plates that i have finished and textured...sometimes i add little feet underneath, but these i have decided to leave flat.  the lower left dish was made using a kiln post for a form... i think i am going to like how that one turns out.
jeff has a slab roller that is missing some parts... some day we will order what's needed and these will go together much more quickly. for i now i use a combination of a rolling pin and throwing the slabs by hand... i suppose it's a good skill to master but i have to admit that i am always looking for an easier way to work!

7 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting this, that hexagon is really great and love the square textured plates you just made. and the kiln post - I need to start looking around here again and see what I've got, how creative you are.

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  2. Ooh, molds are so cool lookin. I really like those angular ones you have. Like manequins (<--sp?)

    Heya, how bout one handwritten post this week? What do ya think? Pass it on

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  3. i am definitely going to do that ben... let's see how far it can go!

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  4. Oh girl! I used to make those dishes with the rolling pin/throwing the slab thing, you gotta get a slab roller!
    I got a table top portable Northstar for not a whole lot of money, thanks to a Raku workshop that helped pay for it. It is the best tool in my workshop, love my roller! I like the way you make these with the stamps in the center, very nice! I also liked the feet on the smaller ones you made.

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  5. My students are making square ones for their show in three weeks. They are the exact shape of your square one.

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  6. We were talking about rollin' out a bunch of slab on the Bailey...we need to get a drive board, and a small part that goes in the handle, before we can use it.

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