||Clay Jams - Cannibal Bunnies - Mojave Mug 2012 - pg. 85
Joined: Sep 25, 2006
From: NSW Central Coast, Australia
|Posted: 2008-05-12 5:58 pm  Permalink|
Joined: Nov 19, 2006
From: Lemon Grove
|Posted: 2008-05-25 2:14 pm  Permalink|
Let me start of by saying thank you Conga, Cammo, Tiki Trav....and Robin...Robin, the check is in the mail lady!...you are most certainly in my will.
Well guys, I fired the bowl last weekend and it didn't make it through the firing. The reason the firing failed is simple, and is something that one learns in basic Ceramics 101...Any air that is trapped in the clay will force it's way to the surface, sometimes in an explosive manner. This is what happened here. Two of the little bird man faces blew right off. This is what happens when you rush work, like I did on these 2 birdman faces right before I left for Hong Kong.
Yes, it was a bad day last Sunday, but it got better...I took the Bird out for a swim, and then we munched down a whole box of Honey Bunnies. Everything was fine in the world after that.
Believe it or not, quite a bit of good came from this firing...1. All the sculptural elements that I was worried about fired out good. I know now that I can work with this low fire clay just fine. 2. I also have a big piece for which I can test glazes on..."then it gets the hammer". 3. The 4 heads are fine too and can be reused...so this is what I'm going to do...
I have now started bowl #3...
I added this construction shot below on no. 3 as I don't think I showed how I attached the base on the last one...
And Kelly...Kelly you have given such wonderful support to this thread and project - thank you! Folks, Kelly just asked me to make a bowl, she had no idea that I was going to try and build the Taj Mahal. Kelly, for being such a good sport and letting me have big play time with this project...I hand built this little mug just for you. I guess everyone likes a fez wearing monkey...so here ya go kiddo. Now, I still have to fire and glaze him too, but he should be just fine. My daughter said that this baboon looks like he should be chasing roosters around over in Hawaii?
He's very thin and light. He was sculpted solid then hollowed out and the parts reattached. I had no idea what to name him, so I just called him "TC" as a way to thank those folks who have been bouncing around on this thread with me.
I picked a baboon as I think the color ways that I can use on him will look nice. You know, I don't think baboons have tails?? I guess this one does
I don't have many mugs yet in my collection, but I put ole TC here next to some of my favorites that I own so that you can get an idea on how big he is. I hope you like him Kelly, and if this 3rd bowl doesn't make it, I'll build a 4th...I know it can be done.
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Joined: Mar 30, 2008
From: The Anvil of the Sun
|Posted: 2008-05-25 2:51 pm  Permalink|
Sorry about the bowl Babalu, it was indeed a thing of beauty. Wishing you better luck in round three!
The baboon looks great. So that's a one-off piece sculpted in ceramic clay rather than a model for a mold?
When you hurry through life, you just get to the end faster.
Pirate Ship Tree House
Joined: May 18, 2006
From: San Diego
|Posted: 2008-05-25 3:07 pm  Permalink|
Call him Red Balloon Butt!
And if that's what the mug looks like before you've had a few Banana Scorpions in it, what the heck will it look like AFTER!?
Joined: Jul 01, 2007
From: where the road and the sky collide
|Posted: 2008-05-25 5:50 pm  Permalink|
Hey there Babs....shit shit shit shit shit!!!!!clay is soooooo humbling. Really looking forward to #3..they just keep getting better anyway.
Love the detail on the bottom of the mug....so many people neglect the bottom of stuff...it's like a nice surprise.
The praise is free BTW and sincere....but I'll be looking for that check ....I'm thinking of becoming the worlds' nicest art reviewer.
Joined: Nov 25, 2005
|Posted: 2008-05-25 8:38 pm  Permalink|
oh man - so sorry about the blow out. I saw the thread title and my heart just sank. I know the feeling! How thick is the wall where the blow out occurred? Could you sand it smooth and salvage the bowl (at least for your personal use) instead of giving it the hammer? It is an amazing piece - and that Baboon is too cool for school! I LOVE the bottom!
Van-i feel your pain-Tiki
Joined: Sep 05, 2005
From: Australia / Argentina
|Posted: 2008-05-25 8:45 pm  Permalink|
What a bummer Babs!!
surely it doesn't deserve the hammer though?? "It's still good, it's still good", as Homer would say.
Oh and I think "The Babaloon" is a better name for your new brilliant mug!!
Joined: Nov 10, 2006
From: La Mesa, CA
|Posted: 2008-05-25 10:44 pm  Permalink|
Kablooey! Ah, phooey! Sorry to hear that, Sir Babs.
The Babaloon (good one, Harro!) is damn cool! Very original design on that guy, and not a smidge of bunny.
Baboons do have tails, Mandrills (the blue face guys) do not. Only a small tuft.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Joined: Sep 21, 2003
From: Yucaipa, CA
|Posted: 2008-05-26 08:53 am  Permalink|
Oh Rick! That's just heartbreaking. You were so close. I wish you the best of luck with the next one. This is the most ambitious ceramic piece I've seen around here. If anyone can pull it off, it's you.
|little lost tiki|
Joined: Jun 12, 2006
From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
|Posted: 2008-05-26 09:57 am  Permalink|
so close......so close.....what a journey!
What a trip!
but, for every advance,there's always a step back or two...
At least now,you can try again with more knowledge and confidence...
You deserve a spot in the Sculptor's/Carver's hall of fame!
I know when you finally finish this,it will be awesome beyond words!
Speaking of Awesome....that baboon is WAY WAY KILLER!
The profile with the arms...wow!
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Joined: May 27, 2006
From: The Valley! Female, leo,fav color pink.
|Posted: 2008-05-26 11:36 pm  Permalink|
What happened! yikes I leave & look what happens .............................. *sigh I'm sorry rick..........
Joined: Nov 09, 2004
From: The thumb !
|Posted: 2008-05-27 06:23 am  Permalink|
At the kiln shop I went to, this guy had a "glue" that could mend breaks like that. Just wet a bit of both sides with water add the stuff from the tube, press, fire and glaze or glaze then fire.
Joined: May 18, 2006
From: San Diego
|Posted: 2008-05-27 07:33 am  Permalink|
"At the kiln shop I went to, this guy had a "glue" that could mend breaks like that. Just wet a bit of both sides with water, etc. etc. bla bla bla..."
I was just over there last night, and it's way worse than a patch up job. The whole side of the bowl blew off and the pieces are all over the place, shattered. Babalu is right, this one is good to test glazes on but it's a no-go. His new one is lookin' real nice.
Joined: Nov 19, 2006
From: Lemon Grove
|Posted: 2008-05-27 12:27 pm  Permalink|
Harro - Love it man! Ok, ok....Babaloon #1 (Kelly's TC version) it is...I've already got's Babaloon #2 started. Thanks for offering up the really cool name dude.
Mad Doggie - Nope, I'm having fun with these one off mugs. No mold in the plans. Like Henrik, these little hand built mugs just kind of make me feel all warm and fuzzy like, if you know what I mean.
Mud Slinger - Thanks, but really, it's fine...it's just mud. I've lost many pieces over the years as I am sure you have too. You just have to leather up to the fact that anything can happen with clay. The losses make those works that turn out nicely feel just that much better.
Henrik - Hey man, thanks for the prop on the Babaloon...It might have been a good thing that this little explosion happened to the bowl in the end. Now I have something that I can test all kinds of colors on. Even if I get some test colors back that I really like, I will most likely still hit it with a hammer to make little test trees instead of having one big bowl thingy sitting around in the shop here...and besides, I like hitting things with hammers.
Sir B. - Thank for the baboon research brother...The other "Babaloons" that I make will have short stubbies instead of long curlys. After doing a little research on baboons myself, I find that these are some really major bad ass little creatures! They got fangs like a bears, and they are smart and strong as hell...Like they plot sh*t...they will kill you, then bite your testes off, then poop down your throat...Mean little bastards all!
Kate - No worries kid...Like I said above, there is always good that comes from everything bad that happens. One creative door closes and another one opens...
Cammo - You left the blown up pieces from this bowl in my studio last night...I cannot for the life of me figure out why you would want these??? Dude, it's trash...
Teaks - Thanks for the input man, but Cammo's right...it's much easier just to build another bowl. Hope your clay work is coming along...you and your Pops are pushing out some nice stuffs.
LLT - Thanks for the support boss...You lucky devil - going to Florida and all. Sorry I missed your call.
Kelly - Just hang in there sister...The next bowl will be better than the last. Your little Babaloon gifty will be done first though... I hear thru the grapevine that you have a big trip planned too? I'm jealous!
Well that was a fun weekend....now back to the grind...
(the other studio space)
Joined: Jun 22, 2006
From: Aotearoa / NZ
|Posted: 2008-05-27 1:36 pm  Permalink|
I was kinda hoping "Kablooey" was a Californian exclamation of success and celebration, but in my heart I knew it wasn't so
This has happened to me more times than I care to admit, and, like you've done, I just get back on the horse - usually immediately - and put that frustrated energy into a new project. Some stones have a habit of hiding their compromising flaws until you've spent many hours shaping and sanding to reveal them...
I've actually been thinking about the fogcutter style mugs a bit lately - when you stick a handshaped or molded piece onto a form (mug or bowl), is that one of the areas where the air pockets can occur? Is that what happened here?
The babaloon is very clever - I could see a whole animated tribe of these (similar to your bunny work) populating a mug shelf somewhere.