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Tech: Playable clay pottery ceramic guitar...

punkfolkrocker 01 Jun 18 - 02:30 PM
leeneia 01 Jun 18 - 03:35 PM
GUEST,ripov 01 Jun 18 - 07:45 PM
Bee-dubya-ell 02 Jun 18 - 10:41 AM
Stilly River Sage 02 Jun 18 - 11:15 AM
punkfolkrocker 02 Jun 18 - 11:30 AM
punkfolkrocker 02 Jun 18 - 11:38 AM
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Subject: Tech: Playable clay pottery ceramic guitar...
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 01 Jun 18 - 02:30 PM

The guitar


How it was made


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Subject: RE: Tech: Playable clay pottery ceramic guitar...
From: leeneia
Date: 01 Jun 18 - 03:35 PM

Now that's unique. It works, but it would be bad news to drop it.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Playable clay pottery ceramic guitar...
From: GUEST,ripov
Date: 01 Jun 18 - 07:45 PM

Absolutely Leenia. The video mentions family, but if family means "kids" they must have been unusually well behaved. That wouldn't have lasted a week with my lot!


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Subject: RE: Tech: Playable clay pottery ceramic guitar...
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 02 Jun 18 - 10:41 AM

I am a potter by trade. I have considered making a ceramic guitar, but only as a non-functioning sculptural piece. Making one that actually plays is a different thing all together.

It proves the old adage that the only limitation on what material can be used to build an electric guitar is that it can't be so heavy the guitarist can't lift it.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Playable clay pottery ceramic guitar...
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Jun 18 - 11:15 AM

It's wonderful to watch the exam by clay artisans and luthiers. Now if you can find a video of a performance and not just a few strums of the strings.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Playable clay pottery ceramic guitar...
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 02 Jun 18 - 11:30 AM

ok...

[I should have posted this earlier but got distracted by boring real life stuff..]

A guitar made out of clay - playing video


..sometimes random link following on youtube is worth the time wasted...


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Subject: RE: Tech: Playable clay pottery ceramic guitar...
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 02 Jun 18 - 11:38 AM

....and searching 'clay pottery ceramic guitar' on youtube turns up even more interesting discoveries...

This is a recent creation from 2010...

https://www.youtube.com/user/estro920/videos


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Subject: RE: Tech: Playable clay pottery ceramic guitar...
From: Mr Red
Date: 05 Jun 18 - 04:14 AM

from the OP my first reaction was porcelain, but I doubt it would go to 1300 °C without a lot of slumping. Almost certainly earthenware, even stoneware would be too high-fired.

Looking at it I immediately saw slip casting, and maybe in one piece. This makes it hollow, even the neck, and essential for lightness. Slip is less dense too. Internal supports and a rib in the head for stiffnes. One curiosity was trying to figure where is was supported in the kiln. The brown is certainly glaze not paint. Domestic ware has little spots where the supports bite into the glaze and are knocked off after. The access hole and the machine head holes are suitable points but that is a long kneck. Maybe sound holes, the fret positions, the bridge and the machine head holes would be good support points if fired supports upside down.

The size of the frets, IMHO would have been fashioned as needed for the height. Ceramic firing is not so precise. One thing about slip casting is there is less inherent stress, but the body (Potters' pun) would have been left to dry pretty much in the mold to avoid introducing stress while green.

Mr Red was a pretty good potter in a former marriage. Wheel, kiln, stoneware, slip-casting, porcelain & 1.5 inch crystals in the crystalline glazes


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