9/2 – First Tests

I attempted to print a vessel shape that I designed back in 2017. Clearly a little overconfident. This part leans, and is asymmetric, which was not great for a first test.
These first three tests were run to about 50% but all were “failures”
Printing at 4 bar, spiral single-wall
While these look terrible and have lots of air bubbles present, disrupting the surface, they were the first prints to build any clay at all, so they are saved here for posterity.
1st Test
1st Test
1st Test

Again try same shape, but even worse, failing within 10% (10mm)
Printing at 3.5 bar, not enough pressure
1st Test

Visit to Neutra’s Reunion House

As explained by D Neutra (son of R J Neutra) the Reunion House (2440 Earl St, LA, CA) was built as a spec house while the VDL was being repaired after a fire.  The Reunion House was designed to accommodate an older family, after children have moved.  There was a guest room for the children, and this is the origin of the house’s name.

Currently the house is well lived in by D Neutra and his wife.

Long horizontal brickwork (and tile in the kitchen) similar to some FLW brickwork.

Dion explaining the kitchen cabinet pulls…

More pulls

The bathroom features a horizontal mirror with standard mirror cabinets floating in front.  Also, clear story windows look through to an adjoining interior room.

Living room vibes…   

Dion explains the significance of his sliding glass door, which leads to the patio.  Largest? First?

Very nice galvanized exterior lamp

Visit to Integratron

The Integratron was built in the desert north of Palm Spring by George Van Tassel. He maintained that the plans were given to him by extraterrestrials, and that the building would provide the means for everlasting life.  George died before its completion, but now the building which happens to be acoustically superb, is used for sonic baths.