These last few weeks we've been hard at work trying to get our first round of designs for the next modules up and running. We've made plaster moulds and are getting ready to fire our first set. I think it's safe to say that we've all learned A LOT about clay and how to build structures with a material many of us are unfamiliar with.
Recently I have been pursuing my initial design for the nest modules which takes a fairly different approach from the other modules we've been working on. This nest is made up of interconnected parts and the form is based off of pre-existing forms (in this case, two dishpans). Both the top and the bottom are made from plaster mould and the top piece has a lip that allows it to sit snugly on top of the bottom.
As a result, the nest has been fairly quick to build, and could end up being a good method for production because it is fairly quick. There are still a number of issues to work out, including the connecting tube and the researcher access hole, but so far the design and production have been promising.
Below are some of my rough sketches of the original nest design and the revisions that have been made during production. I hope to have some pictures soon!