Dear Magnolia Mud Research,
Thank you very much for this useful feedback, it is a one-off item and I am not very sure how will weight when dry, yet walls are being calculated to be 2.5-3 cm thick to make it quite sturdy . I built jigs and boxy-templates in parts to hold the shape of the fountain while wet, yet it is probing challenging and getting wobbly after 40 cm height , as I dont leave it dry completely cling filming it. What would be the best approach to this?
At the moment I am having a Sunday break from clay and I escalated this model on cardboard and on its way I modified some measurements, for example the basin will be approximately a 20% smaller so not too heavy on that "arm" so it doesn't hold as this is my main fear. The stand will be straighter as it is better for wheelchair accessibility. The measurements have to make them accessible for children, hence the 90 cm height and to be installed in a community garden.
I don't intend to glaze it, I would prefer a slip on the same color, terracotta, as I like its natural appearance. The fountain doesn't need to be watertight, so probably fired at a lower temp and it will be connected to a mains through a copper pipe and spout continuing 15 cm the clay spout added on the top surface after the firing( I will create a cavity on the clay that will allow the pipe to sit in it, aware of the 12% shrinkage and all). The fountain will have to be dried naturally as we don't have any other way at college, it would be ideal to accelerate this process if possible as my deadline is approaching (31st may), but how?. I am available to work 5-6 days a week til the deadline.