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If I'm not on a roller coaster - why does it feel like I am?

Have you had one of those days?

You know.

They start at 6.00, though you've been awake since 4.30 - thinking about mould designs. At six you work out how you want the mould to look, and by 6.45 have designed it. Then the modelling software wont't load it properly into the slicer software. Eventually you discover a work around for that and at 7.15 are ready to start the 3d printer.

But the printer - which needs to be level, won't level, no matter how hard you try. Well of course, it will eventually, but eventually is a lonnnnng time. 9.00 and the printer starts its 22 hour run. 4 hours in and the nozzle blocks (set to the recommended 200oC, should have used the 205oC I find works better.

So, tidy, reset an away I go - hopefully.

Meanwhile in another part of your day...

You try joining the 4 perfectly made, delightfully light, sphere segments into a perfect sphere. If perfect means one broken and lying in the sink, one covered in slip and two joined at an unlikely angle and now weighing enough to be considered a deadly weapon.. then you're good. If it doesn't - it's just part of your day.


The tea light plaster mould you made a few days ago will look great- except that clay cast in the mould doesn't release as a mould, it releases as wet soft blotting paper- which is not a good look for a tea light.


The new plaster mould you were making and carefully prepared still managed to leak a disappointingly large puddle of plaster onto the garage floor.

That's not even three things - it's four, and it's only just three o'clock. Still time for more disasters.

So, if you had a day like that, then you're having the Ian Siragher experience.

But, you still want to do what you are doing, and will continue to work at becoming/being the best ceramic artist using 3d printing as the core of their work.

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