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VanTiki Mugs: New mugs - Hot Damn! 4-7
VanTiki
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From: Hawaii
Posted: 2007-11-18 11:52 am   Permalink

teaKEY - that is terrible news about your dad's piece! Clay can be frustrating beyond belief on occasion. I still lament they day I lost two trepanning skulls to a kiln programming mix-up. So frustrating!

Cheeky Half - mahalo! I am so glad you like the nuts and bolts Tiki!

I am sculpting a slightly smaller version today. I the mean time, here is a scale shot of iron tiki #1 with my old friend Mr. Bali Hai lounging on the drying rack in the Sunday morning sun:



Mahalo,
Henrik "VanTiki"
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2007-11-18 2:56 pm   Permalink

AMAZING WORK!

How do u do it? Your pieces are so ANIMATED! It's hard to think they just sit still on the shelf - looks like they'd be talking and growling and bouncing all over! Really really great work!

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ramba-zamba
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Posted: 2007-11-19 09:10 am   Permalink

WOOOW, incredible, amazing, these mugs looks so unique and cool, love them all!

 
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VanTiki
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From: Hawaii
Posted: 2007-11-20 6:05 pm   Permalink

Mahalo Tiki Shark! Coming from the master of motion filled imagery that is one heck of a compliment!

Ramba-Zamba - stoked you like the mugs - hope you like this one too:

Iron Tiki #2! Slightly less huge than his iron brother, Iron Tiki 2 will happily chomp away at whatever you choose to throw in his cavernous maw!





Had a good time with these guys! While they rest on the drying rack I am going to attempt a few wall hanging VanTiki faces - could be cool, or could be a disaster!

Mahalo for looking -
Henrik "VanTiki"
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VanTiki
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From: Hawaii
Posted: 2007-11-25 12:25 pm   Permalink

Okay folks - I've cracked open this year's Pickle Barrel and am very happy with the results (except for 1 pickled head disaster). Here are this year's pickled goodies -

First up - the disaster! This was one of my favorites - a larger head sculpted in a dark and rich clay body. I picked it up yesterday only to find that another pot had fallen on it during the firing! You can see the spattered glaze and ground-down area on the lower left. Ug! So - looks like this guy will be living on my shelf:



Next up we have the largest and most detailed pickled head of the season - I'm still working on a name for this guy.... chief wrinkles? The forgotten Warrior? I dunno...



and lastly I have a nifty set of two smaller pickled heads - the Long Lost Pike Brothers:




I'll be adding more info soon on my site. I'll post a link on the marketplace forum when the are ready to sell. Mahalo for looking!

Henrik "VanTiki"
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VanTiki
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From: Hawaii
Posted: 2007-12-06 11:49 am   Permalink

Got some good and bad mojo in the studio yesterday -

First up: the bad. I bisque fired the two Iron Tiki mug sculpts on Tuesday, and when I opened the kiln yesterday morning all looked well -



Until I peeked at the bottom of Iron tiki #2!



Gasp! Sadly this Tiki won't be holding any fluids. I blame myself - this was a complex build that should have been dried out extra slowly, and I removed it from the plastic too soon. I suppose the upside is I scored a great looking mug for my shelf Perhaps in the future it may be used for an art swap or auctioned as damaged good on eBay - but for now I'll just place him on the shelf above my computer and enjoy him (after glazing, of course). The first Iron Tiki made it through the firing with flying colors.

And now, the good news! I also got my finished mini pickled head out of the kiln yesterday and he is terrific. I did this piece as a xmas gift for my Brother and his wife. Hope he likes it!




Today I am glazing the Deep Sea Tiki #2 (finally!) as well as the 2 Iron Tiki mugs. They will all hit the kiln tomorrow morning and will be up on my site (and ebay) on Saturday for the last VanTiki mug offerings of 2007. I'm off to Lanai for my B-Day next week - can't wait!

Oh - one last thing. Some of you may remember from past posts my love of GeoCaching and my little TikiCoins. I've been working hard on TikiCoin series 2: Tiki's Stackers and the first silver versions are done.




The silver editions is very limited (only 10 pieces - and of those I am only offering 8 to the public), so you may want to hold out for the bronze version which I'll have done soon. More info on my GeoCoins site:
www.geotiki.com

Mahalo for looking!
Henrik "VanTiki"
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hewey
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Posted: 2007-12-07 7:28 pm   Permalink

Nice work mate Pitty about the iron tiki, thats got to be so disappointing! Since you wouldn't want to be reminded of that painful time, you can send it to me to rid yourself of the bad mana Pickled heads are great too - they would look really cool as a fish tank ornament - as would the deep sea tiki - cant wait to see it in full colour!
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VanTiki
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Posted: 2007-12-09 4:56 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-12-07 19:28, hewey wrote:
they would look really cool as a fish tank ornament - as would the deep sea tiki - cant wait to see it in full colour!




Hewey - your wish is granted!



I just posted a thread in the marketplace with all the info about the new mugs. Soooooo stoked with the way they turned out. I thought I'd add a few "behind the scenes" shots of making the Iron Tiki here as this is the creating thread (most of this stuff is from the "studio notes" on my site - sorry if it is redundant).



Above you see the original concept sketches from my sketchbook (with a color test done in photoshop).



I made a bunch of custom stamps for adding detail to the sculptures using a bunch of nuts and screws from my shop an a bit of epoxy clay - but in the end I relied primarily on a socket wrench, an old nail, a chopstick, and a wood shim do do most of the finish detail.



A highlight of the project was getting a new tool for the studio: a clay extruder. A clay extruder is like one of those Play-Doh presses you had when you were a kid that you fill with clay, squeeze, and a snake of clay squirts out shaped like a star (or a circle, square, etc..). I needed to get the extruder so I could make I-beams quickly and easily. Using one of the blank dies that came with the tool, I cut out an “H” shape that produced a nice, clean I-beam that wound up becoming the robot’s brows, ears, jawbone, etc...



Applied a wonderful amount of rust and weathering to the two iron tiki mugs, and even did a bit of stenciling (see work-in-progress photo above) with some painter’s masking tape. The iron tiki are by far the most complex glaze application I've attempted to date. I could barely sleep last night with the anxiety of opening the kiln the next morning!

Mahalo,
Henrik "VanTiki"





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Paipo
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Posted: 2007-12-09 6:45 pm   Permalink

Nice progress/behind the scenes - I was wondering how you got those I-beams so neat....
Do we have to wait for the "1" to be fired on before we see the finished Iron Tiki? That pic is a bit of tease!

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hewey
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Posted: 2007-12-09 6:51 pm   Permalink

Man I love how you can go from gorgeous organic under the sea tiki to full on industrial tiki without blinking – awesome! The under the sea tiki looks sweet with all that colour, really nice job. And I love the rust and weathering on the robo-tiki too!
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VanTiki
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Posted: 2007-12-09 9:22 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-12-09 18:45, Paipo wrote:
Do we have to wait for the "1" to be fired on before we see the finished Iron Tiki? That pic is a bit of tease!



Sorry! I put all the finished pics in the marketplace forum. I'll add a few here too:

Iron Tiki 2 (I'm keeping this one - the bottom cracked on the bisque fire)





and the stencil on Iron Tiki #1 - this fellow can be found on the Bay of E:









 
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hewey
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Posted: 2007-12-10 6:19 pm   Permalink

Looks awesome mate! The patina is spot on. I would love to see one of these done in the chrome style glaze, would look tre cool
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Moon Dog
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From: NYC
Posted: 2007-12-12 12:25 pm   Permalink

Geez, I was looking for some info on creating tiki mugs and I stumbled into this thread.

That's like a little old lady looking for a paint-by-numbers class walking into Michelangelo's studio! Works of true genius!

Can you share any more about your construction techniques? Do you roll out slabs first, then trim around a pattern of some sort? I enjoyed the bit on the making of the skulls, very helpful.

With just a little more on the "how to", you'd have enough info here and on your website's logs for a great book on the subject. Maybe that would help get you out of that day job? What is the day job anyway, something to do with animation?

Cheers and thanks for an awesome thread.


 
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sam 2005
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Posted: 2007-12-13 08:54 am   Permalink

Hey I'm kinda new to Tiki Central,i just found this forum, and i gotta say i love your work. I've been hand building for 17 years or so and i used to do a lot of low fire work, mostly sculpture. I've also created tiki mugs but i always went high fire with them. recently how ever i discovered a clay called Darcy's with mica. It's a rich dark red when fired with a hint of shine from the mica. It's also incredibly vitreouse for a low fire clay. I plan to finish them with a black wash.
What i really like about your work is the amazing color, those are under glazes are they not? And you have so much time in the construction of each piece - nice. They have a great graphic quality, they really pop! It's always good to meet a fellow mud head. So you sell your work on EBAY, I'll have to check that out, that and your web site.
Thanks this has been inspiring, I spend a lot of time alone in the studio so it is always great to see what other people are doing.

Sam


 
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VanTiki
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From: Hawaii
Posted: 2007-12-13 10:29 am   Permalink

Mahalo for the compliments!

Moon Dog -
You are FAR too kind! As far as assembly techniques - most of my mugs are assembled with a variety of cut slabs or pinched spheres. Very basic hand-building stuff. For my larger mugs I'll build the main form over a PVC pipe for support during assembly. I did use paper patterns when I was repeating mug styles (when I started a year or so ago I offered several types of mugs that I built over and over for people). Since I've switching to one-of-a-kind mugs I still use paper patterns to rough things out - I have some thick card stock and some sizzors by my clay table that I'll use to test out ideas before cutting the clay. As far as a book, there are a ton of great handbuilding books out there - I wouldn't have anything new to add!

As for the day job - I enjoy that too. I work out of my house doing animation and illustration - a nice creative balance! You can see some of my day job efforts at
www.bigdtv.com

Sam - So glad you like my work! I always get nervous when a clay professional checks out my mugs! The clay you describe sounds great! My mugs are actually all high fire (cone 5-6, and the pickled heads are cone 10). I do use a lot of underglazes on them, as I feel the bright colors fit into the tiki-pop style. I'd love to see some of your stuff - where can I check it out?

Mahalo,
Henrik "VanTiki"
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