Nothing is more valuable than a good mentor!

After posting the in-progress pictures for Imp last week, I was contacted by my long-time mentor, Joan Berkwitz. She pointed out that I could reduce the amount of displacement of my inner mold pieces if I tightened up my mold perimeter. She was particularly concerned about the size of the inside ear piece (the “Carmen Miranda hat”).

So using Joan’s markup, I dramatically cut down the size of the mold. Oddly enough, what I ended up with was pretty close to the original perimeter that I had laid out, and then enlarged at the last minute. I had worried about leaving enough plaster to absorb the water from the slip, since I had recently made a medallion mold with too little border and knew the problems that created. What I hadn’t considered was that while the medallion and the foal weren’t that different in overall dimensions (width, height, depth), the mass involved was dramatically different. The foal would dry evenly without much trouble. What I should have been worrying about was the shifting of the inside pieces.

So I have been reminded today that a good mentor is a priceless thing. I still remember Joan telling me, back when I first started making molds, that the best reinforcement for a lesson was cursing. If you overlooked something and it caused a disaster bad enough to set you to cussing your own foolishness, you were more likely not to do that thing again. I have certainly found that to be true! But sometimes having a good friend to warn you that what you are about to do will result in a lot of cussing is just as good!

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4 Responses to Nothing is more valuable than a good mentor!

  1. Adalee November 17, 2008 at 11:51 pm #

    Amen to that!

    Addi 😉

  2. mel November 18, 2008 at 12:32 am #

    Cursing often teaches me a lot, since I am certain I have made every mistake on the planet, in some form or another!

  3. Joanie November 19, 2008 at 4:39 am #

    Glad to help, Lesli! He’s going to be enough of a challenge, with all of our skills combined.

    Better you than me,though. My eyes can’t see that small anymore. 😉 It’s like threading a needle with a cucumber. Now, if you do a couple more shrinky-dink shrinks.. you’d have a mini mini! Joanie

  4. Lesli Kathman November 19, 2008 at 10:03 am #

    Wouldn’t that be the model horse equivalent of writing names on grains of rice?

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