I am making the world's biggest ceramic pot to travel around the country.
Wallace has plans to capture the world title for the largest hand-turned ceramic pot.
This project, "Big Pot USA," requires outside funding resources that amount to $27,000. The first phase includes the design and construction of the specialized equipment needed to process the nearly one ton of clay required to create the world record sculpture. Wallace has re-designed the pottery wheel (a turn-table machine) to withstand the overall weight of the clay. When ready to fire the pottery wheel will serve as the floor of the kiln for firing the giant pot.
"Normally, you form the clay on a pottery wheel, move the formed pot to a shelf to dry and then move it to a kiln. Since this sculpture is so huge, we don't risk breakage by moving it to a kiln instead we construct the kiln around the pot." The pot could take several months to form, dry and fire depending on weather conditions. The announcement of the firing date will be sent out here, on the Facebook site and on Twitter. Successful results in pottery are not guaranteedand so it may be necessary to have sufficient funding for additional clay and fuel for subsequent attempts.
Funding is needed for clay, insulation bricks and fiber, structural steel, fuel, concrete & concrete blocks, welding, fuel lines & fittings and burners.
At the outset of this campaign the record was thought to be held by South Korea in the form of a clay vessel standing eight feet tall and 5.5 feet in diameter. More recently Guiness Book of World Records sent Wallace an email informing him that the world's tallest pot (over twenty feet) was produced in 2005 by a three-man team in Taiwan. Neither of these giants were wheel turned that we can be sure of. It can be concluded that these were made by a "coil and paddle" method where the pot is not turning while being formed. Regardless of various means and measurements, Guiness has limited the scope of this category to consider only the height of the pot . . . not the volume, girth, method of forming the clay or means of firing the pot.
Corporate sponsorship is welcome for this project as well as individual contributions. Names of the donors will be engraved into the side of Big Pot for posterity (or withheld at donors request). Additional rewards listed below include a limited edition of smaller pots (jars) made by Jim Wallace as studies for the B