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TikiTres
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Joined: May 28, 2008
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From: Forney, TX
Posted: 2008-06-04 7:11 pm   Permalink

Thank you for the warm welcome, it is much appreciated! I still feel a bit like an outsider looking in right now but I am learning a lot I LOVE the gold skull idea, awesome! I may have to make a serious lunge at this when it hits ebay

 
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Flat Black
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Joined: Feb 14, 2008
Posts: 116
From: Chicagoland
Posted: 2008-06-05 10:29 am   Permalink

BLOWN AWAY with the new one.

I feel like a broken record saying this all the time, but wow, that thing is awesome.

Can't wait to see it take shape.

Mini mugs... now there is an idea for us blokes that can't afford the big ones.


 
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VanTiki
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Joined: Nov 25, 2005
Posts: 1031
From: Hawaii
Posted: 2008-06-12 6:08 pm   Permalink

Aloha Folks!

I was glazing all day yesterday, and was sweating bullets when I cracked open the kiln this afternoon to examine the fruits of my labors. Oh boy, was I a happy camper! I am going to withhold images of most of the goodies in the kiln till I get them closer to completion - but I can share this simian super-mug with everyone, may I present the Mug of the Monkey God!






SUPER stoked with this guy. I will be shedding genuine tears when I have to box this up and send it away. Very happy with the "spout" at the top. And the color scheme. And the matte and glossy surface interplay. And the beady eyes. Heck, I just love this one!

Mahalo for peeking. I'll have more photos up on my site this weekend when the auction kicks off.

Henrik "VanTiki"
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MadDogMike
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Joined: Mar 30, 2008
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2008-06-12 10:26 pm   Permalink

Way too cool! I love the tongue! The spout worked out well, so this will be one of your few mugs that does not require a straw? I assume the missing top tooth was intentional.

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VanTiki
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Joined: Nov 25, 2005
Posts: 1031
From: Hawaii
Posted: 2008-06-13 12:42 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-06-12 22:26, MadDogMike wrote:
The spout worked out well, so this will be one of your few mugs that does not require a straw? I assume the missing top tooth was intentional.



Yessir - I thought it was about time I did a mug or two that was easy to drink out of And yes, the missing tooth is intentional - that way you can get a better peek at the stone face in the mug's mouth.
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Babalu
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Joined: Nov 19, 2006
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From: Lemon Grove
Posted: 2008-06-13 11:25 am   Permalink

WOW Henrik!!

Look at those color choices!...Those matte finish cone 5 glazes (Lagunna Velvet?) along with the way your applying them, juxtaposed to just the "right amount" gloss finish, makes this guy just spectacular!

This sculptured mug is a visual wonder from all angles...but I have to say that the back side view is just to die for.

Dude...keep it for a while.


 
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VanTiki
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Joined: Nov 25, 2005
Posts: 1031
From: Hawaii
Posted: 2008-06-21 11:55 am   Permalink

Aloha Folks -

I've been playing with the gold glaze again - this time on the "Mini Mugs" that will reside within a larger "guardian" mugs. Here is a peek at a couple of the tiny (and I mean tiny - these are shot glasses at most) fellows:



Really happy so far. I sculpted 4, and I've added a second coat of gold to two of them (plus a skull tile) and those are in the kiln now. Supposedly a second coat of this gold looks even deeper and more gold-ish, but I am freaked out about the gamble of sending these pieces back in the kiln for a FOURTH firing (bisque fire, gloss glaze fire, gold glaze fire 1, gold glaze fire 2)! I'll keep you all posted. I believe the fellow on the right in the photo will be residing in the mouth of the "Gold Eater" mega-mug that popped up a few posts back.

Mahalo for peeking -
Henrik "VanTiki"
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Robb Hamel
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Joined: Mar 07, 2008
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From: Ohio
Posted: 2008-06-22 05:22 am   Permalink

All I have to say is - beyond whatever the state-of-the-art is.

 
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hewey
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From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2008-08-13 05:01 am   Permalink

Wow man, those gold mugs are amazing!
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TikiTres
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Joined: May 28, 2008
Posts: 263
From: Forney, TX
Posted: 2008-08-13 11:39 am   Permalink

I bought a set of VanTiki tiles from the DVA Gallery show, they are soooo nice! The gold glaze is amazing! The set of 3 tiles will be incorporated into a table top soon. Has anyone heard from Henrik? He hasn't been posting lately, hopefully he's taking a break to gather up inspiration for another round of cool stuff

 
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Dirk Yates
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Joined: Aug 31, 2006
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From: Palm Springs, CA
Posted: 2008-08-13 5:01 pm   Permalink

Wow Van,

You got some wicked talent there!! Keep up the good work, one of these times I gotta get one of your masterpieces.


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Babalu
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Joined: Nov 19, 2006
Posts: 2505
From: Lemon Grove
Posted: 2008-08-27 3:38 pm   Permalink

- Bump -

Where ya been Henrick? I've been missing my Vantiki fix. You working BIG right now?

Check in brother.


 
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VanTiki
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Joined: Nov 25, 2005
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From: Hawaii
Posted: 2008-08-27 5:41 pm   Permalink

Aloha!

A big mahalo for the concern over my vanishing act. The Day Job got extremely busy for the past month, leaving <gasp> no time for clay! Well, I did manage to squeeze in a few hours of clay two days ago. You see, the Day Job craziness is culminating in a business trip to Denver next week, and we've extended our stay 4 days to do some geocaching and explore ghost towns. I pressed up a slew of tiki tiles and tiki coins to leave in Colorado geocaches:




These are all stamped on the back with my fancy-pants geocaching stamp:



I'll be glazing them tomorrow, along with the Log Brother mugs that have been awaiting glaze for ages! I have a BUNCH of sketches that I can't wait to get into clay when I get back from the trip - not to mention 100lbs of paper clay and a new compressor for my airbrush!

Mahalo,
Henrik (Long-Lost) "VanTiki"
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TikiTres
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Joined: May 28, 2008
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From: Forney, TX
Posted: 2008-08-27 7:56 pm   Permalink

Nice work Henrik, I bet people are stoked when they run across your goodies in the caches!

My VanTiki tile table is well underway, in fact I just need to grout the tile and install the top into the table frame. It's a round table with your 3 tiles in the center (gold one in the middle) surrounded by tumbled slate. It'll all be grouted in black. I'll post some pics when it's done, I'll probably wrap it up this weekend.

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Babalu
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From: Lemon Grove
Posted: 2008-08-27 10:22 pm   Permalink

Hey Henrik,

Good to hear your well, even if a bit overworked.

I grew up in the Denver/Boulder area. I think your going to have a great time hunting down old ghost towns...there are some really cool places to discover in Colorado. Get up into the mountains as much as possible while there.
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