The work continues. In a month some freezing temperatures will be here and so I expect that the clay work will have to wait until spring unless there is money to afford a heated enclosure while building the big pot. When I first launched this campaign I thought I was allowing a good cushion of time in expecting completion in late summer or early fall. My expenses in keeping this going have been considerable but I am very grateful to everyone that has chipped in. Please, if you are wondering how the progress is going . . . don't hesitate to write or call me.
Still needing some help on this.
Welding and masonry nearly done.
Here's the Fourth of July Deal for the project! These lidded Stash Jars are normally available at the donation level of $220 or more but for this weekend supporters can get a Stash Jar for a donation of $120 or more. There are only 42 of these made, (just like the ultimate answer to life, the universe and everything) and each is signed and is embossed with a mellow leaf image, see the examples in the photos. (sizes vary from 4 to 5 inches high. This offer is good from now until Monday at midnight, July 7 by making a donation at: http://www.gofundme.com/BigPOTUSA
Stoneware Stash Jars
42 of these jars only.
The Big Pot - USA magnets are being shipped now ! The warehouse of perks for this fundraiser is filling up and help is needed to clear it out !
Earrings, buttons and stash jars !
The late-coming video to promote this project has just had some promising talent walk into the studio. I'm looking for a thumbs up or thumbs down before I decide from you. Will you help me? Oh, and if you can contribute to this crowdfunder that would help so much. AND there are rewards for contributing if you didn't know then read on . . .
The honor of lighting the fire under the pot to fire it when it is ready has been promised to a good friend who will be undergoing heart surgery tomorrow. May I ask that others light candles for Richard tonight? Thank you.
I just set up a new twitter account @bigpotusa and I still am learning how to use it.
I'm working on a scale model of the wheel-kiln for this project and will have some photos soon.
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