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May 13

Mountmaking Forum ›vessels


trebletomb 9/11/08

Hello All, I am currently mounting two textured clay vessels for installation, and I was curious if anyone had any suggestions for what I might use as padding on the hooped tripod stand that I will be fabricating. I look forward to hearing any options. thanks Brian Gravestock Art Gallery of Ontario






Are they high fired, glazed or low fired, fragile surface or what? If a harder surface, I use volara. If a fragile surface, I generally try to make mounts that contact only minimal amounts of surface and have used volara with a small tyvec pad over the volara.

Do they have open tops? If they have open tops, maybe you can make a mount that follows external contours of the vessel and goes over the top lip and plugs into an interior form or secondary part of the mount. I’ve done this on many of ours.



trebletomb 9/11/08

Re: [mountmaking-forum] Re: vessels Hi Steve, Thanks for the speedy response. They appear to be air dried. They have many cracks and they're super fragile. They have an open top. The curator would like to see a tripod stand, and of course they wish to have  no padding visible. Standard wish list stuff. A colleague from London is here right now and he just suggested building up layers of B-72 and sueded polyethelene. I like both your suggestions and I will play with both. Thanks again Brian

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