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VanTiki Mugs: New mugs - Hot Damn! 4-7
VanTiki
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Joined: Nov 25, 2005
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From: Hawaii
Posted: 2011-08-15 6:06 pm   Permalink

I've shipped it all! The goods are on the way to Oasis - and I will be following soon. Photos of the finished work - as well as prices for all - can be found here:

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=40927&forum=21&0

What next? Well, I need to come up with some sort of way to hang tiles and faces in my booth - and whatever I come up with needs to fit in my check-in luggage. That is what I'll be figuring out for the next few evenings!

See you all soon at Oasis!

Henrik
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zerostreet
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Posted: 2011-08-15 6:14 pm   Permalink

Amazing work! Unfortunately I won't be at Oasis, so I'll have to wait for your ebay listings!


 
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MauiTiki
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Posted: 2011-08-19 8:15 pm   Permalink

Have fun at Oasis, I wish I was there!


 
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VanTiki
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Joined: Nov 25, 2005
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From: Hawaii
Posted: 2011-09-06 4:47 pm   Permalink

The Great Tiki Oasis Demo Mug Experiment!

Aloha everyone! I am *finally* back home after our fantastic voyage to Tiki Oasis. We had a wonderful time, and followed it up with a few weeks of intense work in Seattle, and a trip to DisneyLand for the Half Marathon (and, more importantly, a few stops at Trader Sam's). Now that I am home, it is time to finish an experiment that began Oasis weekend!

As those who stopped by the VanTiki booth know, I sculpted a pair of demonstration mugs over the weekend:




I had planned on throwing them away after the show, but Babalu convinced me that the best course of action would be to pack up the wet clay mugs and ship them back home! I ended up doing just that - I placed each mug in a soft bed of packing peanuts and shipped them back to Hawaii Monday after the show. THis is where it gets interesting - the mugs have been slowly drying in the box this entire time! Tonight I finally get to crack open the crate and see how they did. I've decided that I'll glaze and fire them no matter how they look - perfect souvenirs of a perfect Tiki weekend!

Stay tuned for the 5:00 unboxing!

Mahalo,
Henrik "VanTiki"
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2011-09-06 4:58 pm   Permalink

Henrik, what is that blue clay! Mason stain? And what is the status on the cannons?
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ZeroTiki
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Posted: 2011-09-06 6:12 pm   Permalink

love em!

 
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VanTiki
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From: Hawaii
Posted: 2011-09-07 11:22 am   Permalink



I'm AMAZED! The mugs made it - just a hint of a bump or two! As far as I am concerned, UPS gave them a bit of character
The amazing thing is that I packed the mugs when they were firm (not yet leather hard), and when I unboxed them 2 1/2 weeks later, they were only leather hard! I could still add more detail to them - but I decided they should remain in their true Oasis Demo state

Will slowly dry them for the rest of the week, then hopefully they will survive the bisque firing!

Mahalo for sharing in my experiment!
Henrik "VanTiki"
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zerostreet
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Posted: 2011-09-07 3:37 pm   Permalink

Awesome! Have you listed any of your remainders on Ebay yet?

 
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Babalu
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Posted: 2011-09-09 6:54 pm   Permalink

Quote:

I'm AMAZED! The mugs made it



hehe...let's have a clay jam next year!


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2011-09-09 7:02 pm   Permalink

Terrific photos. I enjoyed watching you work in person too. Next year clay jam!
Hugs, Wendy
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Bowana
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From: La Mesa, CA
Posted: 2011-09-09 8:39 pm   Permalink

They made it home!
YAY!

Bowie


 
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VanTiki
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Joined: Nov 25, 2005
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From: Hawaii
Posted: 2011-10-29 6:28 pm   Permalink

Just pulled the finished DemoMugs out of the kiln! I still cannot believe these guys made it back to Hawaii in one piece!






Mahalo for looking! Now that these fellows are done - time for me to start making some new goodies!

Henrik "VanTiki"
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2011-10-29 7:40 pm   Permalink

Wow and to think I was one of thousands to watch you sculpt these. They are just beautiful. I need to keep working until I find glazes that fine. You really have some special art there. I hope to see you next Oasis doing more art, Wendy

 
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tigertail777
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From: Oregon
Posted: 2011-10-30 11:44 am   Permalink

Those mugs are really cool. I love your work it has a very Ren & Stimpy "retro wild" feel to it. Always a pleasure to see your new stuff.

 
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VanTiki
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Joined: Nov 25, 2005
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From: Hawaii
Posted: 2011-11-07 1:33 pm   Permalink

Happy to report that some new mugs are taking shape in the studio!

I've always enjoyed making musical mugs like Tooty Ku (
http://www.vantiki.com/VanTiki/Terrifying_Tooty_Ku.html ) and the bone rattles ( http://www.vantiki.com/VanTiki/Bone_Rattles.html ), and I thought it was time to attempt a new instrument: drums! I'm doing two Drums Of The Deep mugs. Will they work? Who knows! All I know is I'm having a great time putting them together. Here is Drum #1 nearly complete:




Still need to do a final detail pass on it when the clay gets a bit more firm. THe mug is big (as usual ), and the idea is to stretch and lash a membrane over the top so you can play the drum as you sip from it. Note the straw hole in the back. The more you sip, the more the drum will change pitch (in theory). What will I make the membrane out of? Not quite sure. I could go with classic animal skin - but that would not be too sanitary for sipping purposes. I'm pondering using a silicone swim cap - but I don't know if it will be tight enough to produce nice sound. I guess I need to decide if this will be used primarily for sipping or making music. I'm open to any and all suggestions!

Mahalo for peeking -
Henrik "VanTiki"
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