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VanTiki Mugs: New mugs - Hot Damn! 4-7
teaKEY
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Posted: 2008-02-14 09:07 am   Permalink

I think that you're the first to make the mug that you can't sit down. I've been kicking it around for years but you certainly beat me to it. So many mugs out now would look cooler this way but function over form wins most of the time. I was thinking up heads that would have the full head of hair or point and you drink through the neck. The hand will set fire to any great tiki collection. See?, tiki ground breaking!!
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Paipo
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Posted: 2008-02-14 12:09 pm   Permalink

I posted this in another thread a while back:
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On 2007-12-06 15:19, Paipo wrote:
I bought this many years ago thinking I might carve or scrimshaw it, until I found out what it was:






I have seen a lot of whale teeth over the years, but this is one of the biggest. I think the smoked patina has been sanded off unfortunately (still visible in the grooves ), and the two dark spots are little tacks still embedded in the ivory that have rusted out. I guess it probably had an engraved plaque on it at some point.



As a slight update to the above, I recently had a couple of houseguests who were current or ex-museum staff and had some expertise in the area of marine mammals, and they were most impressed by the size of this big boy. Not bad for $50 NZ! *

I can't wait to see how the hand develops. A detached hand is quite a powerful presence, much like a severed head (the Rapa Nui carved hand in the British Museum comes to mind). It's interesting - obviously to make a piece as a "mug", I guess it must be nominally functional, but I'd be curious to know if any of these crazy one-offs you've been doing will ever contain a drink. I look at them as high-end art pieces and I'm sure their owners do too, and I know I'd be way to scared to risk damaging it by having to wash it after imbibing a beverage. Maybe some members of the VanTiki owners club could chime in?

*hmm, here's an idea for you...a giant ceramic whale tooth scrimshawed with tikis and strange goings-on? Of course, you would have to empty that too before you could put it down again! Or maybe it could be hung around the neck on a big sennit cord?


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Flat Black
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Posted: 2008-02-14 1:40 pm   Permalink

Henrick, your work is amazing. I really love some of the mugs you've made previously and I hope that in the near future I'll have the pleasure of acquiring one of them.

Keep up the good work, and if plan on making another couple bone boxes, I can tell you I will buy one for sure.

Thanks for entertaining my afternoon with this thread.


 
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VanTiki
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Joined: Nov 25, 2005
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From: Hawaii
Posted: 2008-02-14 6:32 pm   Permalink

Wow - Mahalo everyone for the encouragement!

Hewey - welp, I was fueled by 2 big chocolate chip cookies and a couple of cans of green tea - I blame the tea!

teaKEY - Mahalo! I've also been wanting to make some "flipped" mugs for a while now - glad I finally did it. Now it is your turn!

Paipo - Holey Smokes! I LOVE that tooth - what an amazing piece. Can't believe what you payed for it. Talk about an heirloom! Mahalo for the comments on the hand. I agree that there is something powerful about a disembodied hand. As far as using my mugs to drink from - I must admit that I rarely drink out of the ones I have, and I'd never risk it with the Iron Tiki mug I hang on to. Love your idea of the carved tooth mug!

Flat Black - Wow! Mahalo! Happy to have helped you kill some afternoon time Welcome to Tiki Central - now go check out Paipo's stone carving thread - but be sure to set aside a whole day!

Put together another hand today and I'm letting it dry out a bit (while I surf the web) before I start the detailing. Did a right hand this time, and played a bit more with the proportions. I think I need to do one more with the long fingers combined with a long palm. Ahhh, the possibilities

Here is the new guy:



and here is a shot for scale next to my hand (Ms. Vantiki says these things are WAY too big, and I just reply with a demoniacal laugh):



Mahalo for peeking!
Henrik "VanTiki"
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VanTiki
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From: Hawaii
Posted: 2008-02-15 11:41 am   Permalink

First Idol Hand sculpt finished! Well... mostly finished - once it has firmed up a bit more I'll flip it to texture the stone around the rim:




Mahalo for peeking!
Henrik "VanTiki"
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Flat Black
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Posted: 2008-02-15 12:21 pm   Permalink

It's amazing what those details do. Looks great.

 
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teaKEY
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Posted: 2008-02-15 2:42 pm   Permalink

A right and a left. I have to see this mug in use, it in a tiki mug collection line-up, and somebody wearing them on their hands. 2 out of three wouldn't be bad. You should make one that sits right side up with a drink (easy) and cut open the ring finger to add the drink and "cork" the tip back on. Makes a good oven mit when not holding a drink.

 
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VanTiki
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From: Hawaii
Posted: 2008-02-15 3:24 pm   Permalink

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On 2008-02-15 14:42, teaKEY wrote:
A right and a left. I have to see this mug in use, it in a tiki mug collection line-up, and somebody wearing them on their hands. 2 out of three wouldn't be bad. You should make one that sits right side up with a drink (easy) and cut open the ring finger to add the drink and "cork" the tip back on. Makes a good oven mit when not holding a drink.



Ha! My wife said the same thing - that I should make a decanter or teapot. We shall see!

Flat Black - mahalo for the kind words!

And without further adieu, the detailed Idol Hand #2 sculpt:




Mahalo -
Henrik
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VanTiki
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From: Hawaii
Posted: 2008-02-18 12:18 pm   Permalink

Aloha Folks!

Well - before I post photos of my newest mug sculpt, I better get the following disclaimer out of the way...

Disclaimer: I have been watching the Indiana Jones trilogy over the past week in anticipation of the new film. It may have swayed me a tad. Especially the Temple of Doom stuff. I dunno. Just throwing it out there.

Whew! With that out of the way let me present Skull Rock Point - first discovered on the southwest slopes of VanTiki island by the intrepid explorer Lord Pomsby -





Sculpted in Laguna B-5 brown with yellow porcelain flames in the eyes and blue porcelain constellations and "earrings". Yeah!

Mahalo for Peeking -
Henrik
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Paipo
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Posted: 2008-02-18 2:23 pm   Permalink

Just maybe your best yet! I'll reserve final judgement until he's all glazed and fired though. Looks like there should be something in the mouth (a matching pendant perhaps) hanging on the tongue for our intrepid archaeologist to purloin?
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teaKEY
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Posted: 2008-02-18 6:37 pm   Permalink

Vantiki- King of Skulls. Kinda a cross between your different works. I like the back of that thing, aside from liking the front of course.

 
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swizzle
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Posted: 2008-02-18 7:15 pm   Permalink

Vantiki,you're a freak.Each mug just gets more and more insane.Awesome work.

 
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Flat Black
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Posted: 2008-02-19 07:34 am   Permalink

Every piece has it's own personality and this is just another amazing mug.

I really like the blue accents.

Also I knew they where making another Indiana Jones, but didn't realize it was coming out in May! I'm wicked excited.


 
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Tipsy McStagger
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From: HELL
Posted: 2008-02-19 10:53 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-02-19 07:34, Flat Black wrote:
Every piece has it's own personality and this is just another amazing mug.

I really like the blue accents.

Also I knew they where making another Indiana Jones, but didn't realize it was coming out in May! I'm wicked excited.



check out the new trailer online...


 
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VanTiki
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From: Hawaii
Posted: 2008-02-19 2:36 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-02-18 14:23, Paipo wrote:
Just maybe your best yet! I'll reserve final judgement until he's all glazed and fired though. Looks like there should be something in the mouth (a matching pendant perhaps) hanging on the tongue for our intrepid archaeologist to purloin?




Aww... Shucks. You guys are the best! So glad everyone is stoked about the new mug. Paipo - I totally agree with you on the item in the mouth thing. I was going to do a small skull mug that fits into the mouth (after a sketch I did last week), but I started sculpting that night with the goal of doing "a simple mug" that I would later expand on with a removable skull-in-mouth mug - ha! Didn't work out as planned. In the end, I almost wish I made a little stone throne in the mouth - I love the idea that this was an ancient lighthouse - perhaps an evil beacon to drag european ships on the reefs to be pillaged (and keep VanTiki Island's location secret). The throne would be for the lookout to sit in. Anyway - you can see I spend way too much time thinking of backstories to the mugs

As far as glazing goes - I am (as usual) totally freaked out. I've Got Cannibal Idol #1 bisque-firing in the kiln right now along with 5 textured glaze test tiles. I'll play around with glaze options on the test tiles before I move on to mucking up a big mug. I've never used any of these clays before so I am really curious how they will turn out.

again, Mahalo!
Henrik
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