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TikiKIrby
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Joined: Nov 01, 2005
Posts: 91
From: SoCal
Posted: 2010-11-27 7:55 pm   Permalink

Wow, fantastic job on the glaze!!! Now that's a mug... I'm just learning about glazes, and brother I have a WHOLE new respect for that and for what you do, crazy complicated!!!!

 
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ZeroTiki
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Joined: Feb 02, 2009
Posts: 825
From: Rohnert Park, California
Posted: 2010-11-28 09:41 am   Permalink

Amazing work yet again!

 
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Tikifan1
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Joined: Dec 24, 2009
Posts: 65
From: Missouri
Posted: 2010-11-28 09:53 am   Permalink

Those are some groovy rattlers. Love the awesomeness.

 
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VanTiki
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Joined: Nov 25, 2005
Posts: 1022
From: Hawaii
Posted: 2010-11-28 7:04 pm   Permalink

Mahalo everyone!

The glaze on the rattles was applied in a fingernail-biting series of two glaze firings - the first at cone 010 and the second at cone 6. Soooooooo relieved that both mugs made it through crack-free!

Aloha -
Henrik
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VanTiki
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Joined: Nov 25, 2005
Posts: 1022
From: Hawaii
Posted: 2011-05-31 1:37 pm   Permalink

OMG - Tiki Oasis 11 is getting dangerously close!

With that cold-sweat inducing mantra, I'll be working away in the studio every night for a spell to craft a bevy of goodies to take with me in August. I'll share the creation here as things unfold.

First off - as you may have noticed I've been rather anti-prolific this year. Truth be told, my computer illustration work got extremely busy, leaving little time for mugs. Now that I've got a hard and fast deadline to focus on, I'm hoping to finally get my ever-growing pile if idea sketches turned into ceramic reality.

I'm planning a variety of pieces for Oasis - and the first to take shape are a new assortment of Framed Faces. What are Framed Faces? Here is a refresher:

http://www.vantiki.com/VanTiki/Framed_Face_1.html

I had a blast making these last year, and as I still have some neat frames left over, I decided it was time to fill them with faces. I printed out some profoundly moving reference poses and set up my workspace:



First fellow ready for drying. Note the holes thru the lips for lashing after glazing and firing.



Next guy taking shape. I like to do these in both portrait and landscape orientation. They are meant to plug into a 4x6 frame opening - but I usually have to modify the fame a bit to account for uneven shrinking. Yellow porcelain eye, white porcelain teeth



#2 ready to dry!



And a third fellow joins the party!



I hope to do two more of these guys, then move onto other pieces. Mahalo for peeking - and I hope to see you all at Tiki Oasis!

Henrik "VanTiki"

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MadDogMike
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Joined: Mar 30, 2008
Posts: 7322
From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2011-05-31 1:47 pm   Permalink

VanTiki? I think I remember that guy

Henrik's coming back to OASIS!!!! You been spending the last year building up a resistance to rum so you'd be ready to party? Hope to see you there, love the tiles.
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danlovestikis
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Joined: Jun 17, 2002
Posts: 4796
Posted: 2011-05-31 2:23 pm   Permalink

WOW, THEY MUST BE REALLY GOOD BECAUSE I'M ALL CREEPED OUT! WENDY

PS SEE YOU AT OASIS
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Bruddah Bear
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Joined: Apr 07, 2011
Posts: 628
From: Los Angeles Basin, Westside
Posted: 2011-05-31 3:18 pm   Permalink

Love the concept. Very exotic primitive look to them. Excellent work.


Bear



 
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VanTiki
Grand Member (6 years)  

Joined: Nov 25, 2005
Posts: 1022
From: Hawaii
Posted: 2011-06-01 10:30 am   Permalink

Mahalo everyone!

Mike - I can't wait to see you at Oasis! Sadly, I am still an epic lightweight when it comes to Rum

Wendy - They creep me out too! They should look a lot less creepy when I give them their colorful glaze and put them in an elaborate frame.

Bear - Mahalo!

Added a final two faces to the lineup last night:



I found a cup of leftover rattle beads from the bone rattles hiding near the drying rack - so I believe I'll put them to use in a new rattle mug this evening.

Once again, Mahalo for peeking -
Henrik "VanTiki"
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Babalu
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Joined: Nov 19, 2006
Posts: 2505
From: Lemon Grove
Posted: 2011-06-01 3:57 pm   Permalink

Cool to see you back on the board Henrick!

The work is choice, as always...

I won't be posted up across from you at Oasis this year, but I'll be hanging out at the VanTiki booth for sure!

hey TC, support damn fine art - BUY VANTIKI!!!


 
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VanTiki
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Joined: Nov 25, 2005
Posts: 1022
From: Hawaii
Posted: 2011-06-01 5:23 pm   Permalink

Mahalo Babs!

It won't be the same not being able to gaze across the isle at you and your mugs!
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VanTiki
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Joined: Nov 25, 2005
Posts: 1022
From: Hawaii
Posted: 2011-06-02 12:17 pm   Permalink

As promised - I shifted gears last night onto some new pieces. Oasis 11 demands varaiety!

While prepping my drying rack for tiles last week I found that I had a bunch of clay pellets left over from the Bone Rattle mugs. I felt that this was one of those Omens from the Kiln that is better to embrace rather than ignore, so I set about crafting 2 new Bone Rattle mugs. Last nights efforts were mainly on the mug foundations - nothing flashy, but I thought I'd share.

Here are the pellets neatly separated into 2 piles (one for each mug)



and here you see the base of the mug taking shape. I wrap the pellets in a paper towel to keep them from fusing to the mug wall while firing (the paper towel and tape vaporize during the firing). I'll poke some air/sound holes in the spheres as a last step - the shape is much stronger with a bubble of air trapped inside. Once I am done sculpting the mug on top of these sound chambers, and the clay has firmed up a bit, I'll add the holes.



I'll be doing the fun stuff tonight - more photos tomorrow!

Mahalo for peeking
Henrik "VanTiki"
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tikigodz
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Joined: Oct 12, 2009
Posts: 439
Posted: 2011-06-02 9:22 pm   Permalink

I Need to take a class, You are ssiicckk!!

 
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tikiedge
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Joined: May 15, 2011
Posts: 2
From: Orlando, FL
Posted: 2011-06-03 11:58 pm   Permalink

Thoe are cool pics of the mug rattlers and the construction of the rattle.

And that pitcher is GREAT!! One day I hope to see some of your work in person.

Cheers,

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VanTiki
Grand Member (6 years)  

Joined: Nov 25, 2005
Posts: 1022
From: Hawaii
Posted: 2011-06-04 9:11 pm   Permalink

Mahalo Tikigodz and Tikiedge!

Today was an Epic Studio Day - finished the Bone Rattle 2.0 sculpts, glazed a slew of tiki tiles with dangerously experimental techniques, and loaded the kiln for a firing at the crack of dawn tomorrow. I am spent! But enough whining - on to the photos!

Here you see the gestation of Mug A (a.k.a. Mr. Skinny Top):


And here Mug B (a.k.a. Mr. Wide Top):


And here are the finished sculptures!





so happy with the way they turned out. I'm off for a HUGE business trip on monday, so they will spend the next few weeks wrapped in plastic enjoying a nice slow drying out period. Hopefully no cracks!

Mahalo for peeking -
Henrik "VanTiki"

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