Labyrinth, 8/23/09

Our problem, if you will recall, was that the channels I had cut into the omphalic bowl did not line up precisely with the bricks in the center of the labyrinth. On the advice of Andy, my ceramics guru, I bought a grinder and cut away the unnecessary portions of bowl. (Actually, Andy advised me to find someone with a grinder, including him; I just decided to buy one.)

Here’s the north channel, cut.

It is interesting to me that you can see the original layers of clay from its coil construction back in June. Anyway, I decided to seal the open clay with what was left of the marine epoxy.

Not very pretty, but this is underground so it doesn’t have to be. Here’s the bowl with both cuts made and epoxied:

And here’s the bowl once again in situ. Yes, there’s mud and leaves in there. There are always going to be mud and leaves in there. Despite my best efforts, the bottom curled up as it dried.

However, there will not be water in there. I don’t think you can see it in this photo, but I drilled a hole NNW of the center hole, near the wall of the bowl. Everything drains out now. Of course, there’s a hole of raw clay, but it just has to be.

There was a small problem with the inner bricks sagging downwards, since the bowl does not fit right up under the granite. I suppose it could, but I’ll have to deal with that some other time. For the time being, I propped up the ends of the bricks with small ceramic scarabs that I bought at the King Tut exhibit last spring. I liked the idea of that.

I also used the scraps from the work table to build a mini-me version to hold the sound table.

I discovered that my multi-outlet has little holes on the back for hanging on walls, so my next little project will be to suspend it from the back of one of the legs. Actually, I’m going to get a second one to suspend from the back of the work table as well.

You can see in the background the packaging from the new miter saw I bought. I’m just accumulating power tools right and left. What can I build next?

8 thoughts on “Labyrinth, 8/23/09

  1. I gather your post about not buying things is now null and void.

    I think the center looks great, but of course, I am looking at the whole and would have be pleased had you done something less elaborate. However this works and in fact is stunning in some ways if you put it in context with the Labyrinth. I never wanted the center to be the vocal point as the journey through the Labyrinth is so powerful. But that remains, so you have added and not detracted from your work as I first feared. Thank you so much for all your work on this. What a gift it is.

  2. Actually, Terry, if the bowl had not worked, or if it breaks at some point, I’ve already decided that just filling the space beneath with the river rocks would be just as beautiful, if not more.

  3. What, you wanted to gather and sing in the middle?

    Sometimes my best lines come spontaneously from a sleep deprived, drug driven brain.

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