Tuesday, April 6, 2010
The Making of Nature: Part 4, Potter Search
This ended up being more challenging than we anticipated. We needed to find a potter to mold, cast and hand finish the pieces. We discovered someone with these skills was not easy to find. I spoke with several potters across the country in Ohio, Pennsylvania, California and Washington. As fate would have it, we found an excellent potter in our backyard, Brett from Mudshark Studios to be specific.
To help explain the concept I had a scaled down model (SLA), full size prints and computer generated molds.
Contrary to what all the potters said, Brett felt we could produce this design almost as is. We took time to scrutinize the plans for the pattern before it was made. With what I learned, I found I could make indications in the mold for the 17 post molding cuts. All the angles on the design where enhanced to facilitate molding. We were ready to talk to pattern maker and make an initial monetary investment.