AL Heilman Art
August 23, 2018
This is a simple jig that can be made in your studio/shop. It makes enlarging holes in the bottom of a clay fusing pot very simple and is cheap, reusable and accurate.
The normal hole in a clay pot is 3/4 of an inch depending on the size of the pot. You need a 1 1/8 to 1 1/4 in hole in the bottom of the pot for pulling larger glass murrini and in some glass casting techniques.
I bought this 1 1/4 inch diamond hole saw and large arbor at Home depot. This was made by Milwaukee, but there are several other options available on line and at fusing stores.
USA made pots seem to work better for me than imported varieties. You can get them at your local Home Depot , Lowes or local garden center.
Never use a corded drill around water. I used a cordless Festool drill in this video, but any cordless drill with the ability to accept a 3/8 drill bit will work.
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Let the pots dry out before starting your pre firing schedule, or add a hold at 200 degree hold for 1 hour in your fusing schedule to dry them with the kiln lid propped open a small amount to let water vapor out. The close lid for final prefire.
Be sure you have good ventilation around your kiln as the prefire removes any binders left in making the pot.
Below is a U-tube video showing how I made/use this simple jig.
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Till we meet again.....
August 24, 2018
Great video— now if only I needed to drill a pot bottom but I am sure I need to center something
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One of my first creative steps was when I built a Soap Box Derby car. On my 3rd attempt I won the local Soap Box Derby in DeKalb, Illinois. That qualified me for the national race in Akron, Ohio. That was exciting, even though I lost. But, I learned that you have to pay careful attention to detail. On my first attempt, I had the steering cable wrapped backwards on the steering column and ended up hitting a hay bail at the end of the course!
I loved photography at an early age. As a teenager I built a darkroom. Photography is still is a passion of mine: I photograph daily in my creative process. I went to a university run lab school for Junior High. I used a binary computer with punch tapes as an entry tool…55 years ago. We had a wood and metal shop at the school. In High School I gravitated to the drafting classes and wood and metal shop: Learning to visualize and think in 3 dimensions is a gift from those classes. I have designed and built many homes, including my current lake home/studio. I seriously considered studying architecture in college, but medicine won me over.
I always believed that healing was my natural calling. When I was younger, I went to pharmacy school, then, to medical school. This led to my becoming an orthopedic spine surgeon: Over twenty-five-years, I helped many people, with broken and injured spines, stand up straight and regain function. But, being 6’8”, the years of my bending over an operating room table caught up with my genetic inheritance. Knowing a life’s journey never follows a straight line, my body challenged me to develop a new paradigm once I left the operating room.
I use the sunrises and sunsets as my palette and the changes in nature as my inspiration. This provides me an evocative and healing ethos. I count myself lucky to live my passion. My work communicates a feeling of peace, harmony and a profound respect for nature and humanity.
I also explore the social issues we face as humans and as a society. My work brings attention to the recognition and acceptance of the many wounds that have been present in our society for far too long. We all need to work together so that we have equal access to the law, education and healthcare no matter what our race or color. Examples of this work are three pieces: Black Lives Matter, Genes, and SOS: Our Guns or Our Children.
Black Lives Matter
Fused Glass with acrylic on canvas covered wooden panel. 30x30 x3
Fused Glass mounted on a Canvas covered wooden panel, Acrylic. 30x30x3
SOS: Our Guns or Our Children
30 x 30 x 3 Fused glass on canvas covered panel with acrylic and colored pencil.
One of the challenges I face every day is getting to and staying in the creative flow. I am not afraid of failure, experimenting and taking risks. Much of my work goes through an ugly or challenging phase, before the final finishes and additions. I have learned to push through, not stopping until I feel whole. Art, on my best days, is nirvana, peace and ecstasy. On bad days, it provides a meditative internal mind therapy. I have learned to use problems and roadblocks as a stimulus for creativity.
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