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MadDog Mike's Platterful of Pupule - Kiln Geek Info
MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2009-06-04 09:20 am   Permalink

I've been really lucky so far - in almost a year, I haven't lost anything in the kiln (knock on wood ) I knew this was risky but they were really just big test tiles.

This isn't raku, it's smoke firing. The porous clay absorbs the smoke in swirls and flashes. Different chemicals and/or organic materials (seaweed, banana peels, etc) cause different colored smoke effects. The thing I like about smoke firing is that you can glaze the inside of a mug in the kiln first, then smoke the outside. The inside glaze remains intact and foodsafe.
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Babalu
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Posted: 2009-06-04 09:55 am   Permalink

Oh, I see what your doing...I always called this Sager Firing.

Here's a fun pit built kiln that could be done on the beach :-) If we can find a beach that will let us go crazy that is...

http://web.mac.com/codyo2/Site/Pit_fire_intro.html

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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2009-06-05 10:30 am   Permalink

Yes, pretty much. Technically, I think a Sagar is a container that you put a ceramic piece inside of to fire, like a larger clay pot or aluminum foil. Then you fire it either in a kiln or pit. With Sagar, you can put different chemicals and/or organic matter in each container and get varied results within the same firing. In a pit, everything is exposed to the same smoke/fumes and everything gets pretty much the same coloring.

Barrel firing is for lazy people like me, you just pile everything into a 55 gallon drum instead of digging a hole
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Iokona Ki'i
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Posted: 2009-06-05 5:47 pm   Permalink

Sorry to hear about the broken pieces!
Really liked the earthy look of them
with the line drawings. Guess Claudette's
not alone when it comes to exploding mud!
Better luck next time.

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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2009-06-06 12:13 am   Permalink

Finished my commission Baining Fire Dance Mug #2




Different shape and pattern than #1, I tried to make the fire look more realistic. I'm going to hate to see this one go, may have to make me one too

Here is a faux mosaic plate of the Vanuatu Jungle Rooster (gallus Gallus)



OK, it's really just a non-tiki rooster plate for my daughter's kitchen
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blacksandz
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Posted: 2009-06-06 07:26 am   Permalink

Phenomenal!!!



Rising from the flames!

PNG mana!




 
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Iokona Ki'i
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Posted: 2009-06-07 10:21 pm   Permalink

That new baining mug turned out wonderful.
You really took it up a notch from the first one.
Dig the non-tiki rooster too. Well done Mike!
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Babalu
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Posted: 2009-06-08 09:23 am   Permalink

The Fire dance Mug is WONDERFUL Mike! Fantastic work!

 
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Queen Kamehameha
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Posted: 2009-06-08 10:06 am   Permalink

very nice!

 
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Robb Hamel
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Posted: 2009-06-08 2:00 pm   Permalink

Great work Mike, everything about the mug is too cool.

And you know the Latin name of a Vanuatu rooster? You're too much.
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2009-06-10 09:19 am   Permalink

Blacksandz, Jason, Babs, Amy & Robb - Thanks so much for the kind words. Robb, I had to look up the Latin word, I'm not even sure that there is such a thing a the Vanuatu Rooster I have plans for Baining Mug III that will add some sculptural elements and really stretch my skills - move me out of my comfort zone.

I've been wanting to make a mold for some tiki bottles for homemade syrups and decided on a "Moai with Topknot" bottle. I figured that if wax was a good enough media for
Squid's Cloud Rower, it was good enough for me so I carved my master out of a pillar candle and a votive candle. What's that you say? Squid uses high definition rigid tooling wax? Isn't that what candles are made of? Oh...well, I uh... Never mind, here it is.



Crappy picture but it's all white and hard to photograph. I busted off his nose moving him so I made a new one with sculpty clay and re-dipped him in hot wax to smooth everything out This is a very smooth master with no texture, I can texture the greenware later if I really want to.

Hope to make a plaster mold in the next day or so.

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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2009-06-10 12:37 pm   Permalink

I made my mold box out of foamcore board, re-inforced with duct tape.



I threw a shoe in the washing machine and used it on the spin cycle as a vibration table to get the bubbles out of the plaster


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TikiMango
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Posted: 2009-06-10 1:00 pm   Permalink

Ingenious... noisy, but ingenious. I can't wait to see the final results.
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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2009-06-10 1:25 pm   Permalink

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I threw a shoe in the washing machine and used it on the spin cycle as a vibration table to get the bubbles out of the plaster



Seems like you have everything you need at home! classic!
that second PNG mug is just as cool as the first!

Go man Go!


 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2009-06-12 11:13 am   Permalink

Thank you TikiMango & Kinny

I poured the other half of my Moai Bottle mold and need to let it dry for a while. It's kinda like a
geode, you don't know what's inside until you bust it open.



Here's some more fodder for the smoke fire cannons. I had 80% breakage last time, going to make some changes and see if I can do better. The 2 mugs are glazed on the inside and the incised areas then kiln fired. Into the smoke barrel today or tomorrow.


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