Slip casting development
I spoke with Emma about my project. We talked about the slip cast bowl for containing sourdough. I wanted to know how to cut the groove into the edge of the bowl that holds the edge of the cloth cover. Emma suggested I still try to incorporate the groove into the bowl, which would cut down on manufacturing time. To do the groove, I could cut it into the MDF and add holes all the way around the rim to allow air to be sucked out when I vac form it. Hopefully the plastic will be flexible enough to allow the MDF master to come out.
The groove detail is very important, because it creates a relationship between the bowl and the lid that might not appear obvious at first, but which the user will discover and use over time.
The slip cast is too thick at the moment. I left the clay in for 25 minutes, next time I will try 15 min. Emma said that with a dry mould, she leaves her slip in for 6 min.
Emma thought maybe the bowl was too small, but I think it's important that it limits the amount of starter that the user can store, because in my research I found that people tend to keep too much starter, which results in them not feeding it enough. Maybe it could be a little larger though.
I mentioned that I looked into how the three products might nest together, and how I felt that it wasn't going in the right direction and Emma agreed. The bowl is in constant use so it doesn't make sense for it to nest with the other tools, but perhaps the dough scraper and lame could be 'nested' in the way they are stored in a drawer, or are 'unified' in their aesthetic, form or material qualities.
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