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Monkeyman is hacking at the clay
Monkeyman
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From: Vista, CA
Posted: 2006-03-10 8:50 pm   Permalink

I have been interested in making my own mug for a long time. With the introduction of my first drink last summer (The Monkeypod) I decided that it would be appropriate to make a companion mug.


I learned something very quickly. Sculpting is not easy (not that I ever thought it was) and is very different than carving.


The clay tears and dents and the tricks to shape it can be quite different. Anyway.... Here are some shots of the first prototype. I hope to get it right by the 3rd or 4th try.





The back of his head needs some work. He looks like he had a rough childhood falling off rooftops or something.

I am gladly taking advice from anyone with an aptitude for sculpting and ceramics. Reply to this thread.

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virani
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Posted: 2006-03-11 01:10 am   Permalink

I believe you're gonna make a great mug we'll all cherish

 
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tikisobayli
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Posted: 2006-03-11 05:12 am   Permalink

Very nice. I can only imagine sculpting the mug. It's great having your own personal mug for your bar. My fiance' made ours, but was a slab rolled base with hand carved accents.

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Over Christmas, she made a couple bowls for us aswell, but we are still waiting to get those fired. Back to the topic...Congratulations on a great personal mug...enjoy!


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pablus
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Posted: 2006-03-11 06:08 am   Permalink

Take your time and no regrets once you're finished.
Yeah, I know how you artists are. Tortured souls all.

"If only I could have..." is the mantra.

So... sculpt like the ultra-meticulous craftsman that you are and put me down for one.

Is your drink any good?

I need to try it.



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hewey
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Posted: 2006-03-11 4:31 pm   Permalink

Cool mug. Maybe make it a little more tribal?

 
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Monkeyman
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Posted: 2006-03-11 7:00 pm   Permalink

Maybe some Marquesan styled patterns around his cheeks?


 
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2006-03-11 7:20 pm   Permalink

Go, man, go! Hey...where are those Mai Kai photos?

 
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Monkeyman
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Posted: 2006-03-11 7:49 pm   Permalink

which one?

This one

or this one?


Now give me some design pointers... or else.
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Basement Kahuna
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Posted: 2006-03-12 9:20 pm   Permalink

God, what an ugly mug on that guy in the green shirt!

 
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Benzart
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Posted: 2006-03-13 09:49 am   Permalink

Yeah, I don't know which is Uglie, I think the Monkeypod guy is prettiest! Clay IS a whole different ballgame ain't it??
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scarysnarles
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Posted: 2006-03-13 1:22 pm   Permalink

While clay is wet it is a very forgiving material. Dried out it'll break off chip & shatter. Keep a spray bottle full & keep the clay wrapped in a plastic bag as long as your working on it Spray it dialy unless you wish to work it in a more leatherhard state.. I gotta Hand it to you on the peanut shaped head you took off with! Did you even consider the basic straight cylinder shape? I beat my clay with a small stick into the abstact shapes. Using it for measuring the equal negative space between eyes ears chin etc.etc... . One end & side of the stick has measurments different for the opposite. I try to make 2-5 projects a week! Where are you firing are you taking classes! Keep 'em coming!!

 
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Monkeyman
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Posted: 2006-03-13 5:13 pm   Permalink

I plan on making a slip mold from this so it wont be fired. Im not taking any classes. I went to Michaels and purchased a small box of modeling clay and this is what happened on my first try.


I plan on throwing the basic peanut shape on a wheel next time to get more symmetry. I think the facial features need to be thinner.

I was hoping for lots of relief in the sculpt instead of the traditional cylinder.

Thank you for the ceramic tips. I need them.



 
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TheBigT
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From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2006-03-14 08:37 am   Permalink

I was wondering what kind of clay/material everyone has generally found best for sculpting mugs?

I've been by a few art supply stores and the choices are overwhelming!

Does the type of mold process determine which clay you should use?

Thanks!


 
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TheBigT
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Posted: 2006-03-14 08:38 am   Permalink

Oh yeah - Monkeyman, cool start! Looks much more ambitious than I would try for my 1st...

 
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cheeky half
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Posted: 2006-03-14 09:42 am   Permalink

Put me down for one!


 
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