Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Capital Trough Prototype

The inner foamboard core

Last week I cast a trough based on a column capital using the slump (no outer mold) method described in the previous post.  I'm intrigued by capitals because they are a transitional device in architecture, decoratively making the connection between the (usually) round column and the rectilinear vaulting or entablature above.  It's this circle combined with a square that I was interested in for this trough.  I liked the idea of the trough's organic, circular bottom touching the ground and the more manmade, unnatural square at the top rim.  The cast trough is still raw in the photos below but the idea is there, although subtle.  I may cast a more emphatic square rim on it next time. 

Still, there's something rustic that I like about this one, almost like a good raku teacup.  Maybe it just needs the right plants.



  1. I like it, but would like to see a more definite square top. And, it was nice to actually understand your description above! Keep up the good work.

  2. I'll post updated photos as I play around with it.

    One of these days I'll remember to take the camera out into the dusty shop and actually take pictures of the pieces as I cast them so that you can get an idea of the mix and the way I build it up on the form.