It would be good to know what is required or thought to be required to make the slip casting table usable and functional. I was under the impression that the table was good to go- add slip and flip the on switch. If the table still needs repair, what are the costs to repair it? Who will be paid or volunteer to do the repairs? That information would be good to have at the Jan 5 meeting when the slip casting table is discussed by the committee.
Also: can interest be rejuvenated in slip casting? Who would like to spearhead revving interest? Forming a casual group or SIG? Teaching classes and workshops? A ‘tear and share’ group (sharing problems, successes, how to overcome problems etc)?
It was brought up to me last meeting that DMS is an Education based non profit. I always thought of DMS as a cooperative, volunteer in mission, non profit org (yes, I’ve read the wiki, but it was over a year ago).
Slip casting and the process of making molds would certainly add to the knowledge of ceramic techniques that members could learn and utilize in their making. There is a lot of detailed problem solving that ceramics folk find very satisfying and enjoyable. Many hobbyists and professionals spend their whole art and craft careers studying and doing this one technique alone. And mold making and slip casting certainly is in tune with the educational aim and goals of DMS.
It should be noted that a slip casting table is not needed to do slip casting. For the professional doing slip casting in quantity every working day, it is probably a necessity for speed of production and cost and labor effectiveness. But I know many professional artists who make their own molds and slip cast who don’t have a table like this and have never used one.
For the purposes of classes, workshops, or for members who use mold making and slip casting, the large jars of slip from Trinity, or making a large bucket of slip, would work just fine.
** Suggestions for the discussion of the ‘stay or go’ agenda topic regarding the slip casting table