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squid
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Posted: 2009-06-15 10:40 pm   Permalink

Perfectly legal. Now as for that smoking....
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From: las vegas
Posted: 2009-06-15 10:52 pm   Permalink

cool beans, mike. i don't know too much about raku, but it's pretty impressive that you're diving into it head on. i wonder if exotics give exotic color smoke? i really like your stuff. maybe we can trade stuff some time. keep up the work.

p.s.
i know a little about smoke. smoke and meat that is. me and my buddy took 17th out of 40 in our first bar-b-que competition a few weeks ago in a smoker i built. not bad, i'd say.
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From: las vegas
Posted: 2009-06-17 12:27 am   Permalink



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4WDtiki
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From: Omao, Kauai
Posted: 2009-06-17 09:15 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-06-15 22:28, MadDogMike wrote:
Bill, WHERE'S MY PICTURE!!!???


Ahhmm, I forgot?
So now you get FOUR pics!

Back in the early 90s, before I knew Tiki, I was drawn to African tribal art.
(I now see a LOT of similarities to Tiki.)
This was my first mask ever, in any medium! It's stoneware with beige-ish glaze highlights, raku fired. All the "black" areas are bare clay. All these pieces were first bisque fired, then refired ala raku.


Left mask was fully glazed, right mask same as above, plus a little green.


Left mask is my fav, the one I'm most proud of. It's bare clay with some iron(?) oxide wash on the hair and scarifications.
Mask on right also has the oxide, and the rest of it was burnished with a spoon when leather-hard. This made it tougher for the carbon to penetrate during raku.


Two more that to me show hints of tiki.
Unknown glaze on the right one, but I loved how it resembled lichen on a rock.


Maybe what I was doing wasn't strict raku, since I wasn't going for crazing glaze, but it was the same technique.

Maybe at Babs's next clayjam, he'll let us raku!





 
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lennieguys
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From: Koloa, Kauai
Posted: 2009-06-17 6:58 pm   Permalink

I MISS THESE!!!

 
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2009-06-18 2:44 pm   Permalink

Bowana & Squid, thanks for the expert advice

PDrake, you've been doing some really cool stuff. A swap would be awesome, especially since my base material is mud and yours is precious metal

Bill, love those masks. You are quite a ceramicist, why are you wasting your time over there in the carving forum (just kidding, you're doing some great carvings). Those masks are very close to what I'm trying for with slight glaze decoration and large unglazed areas to pick up smoke. I am trying to get reds and browns instead of blacks and grays. I have been burnishing my stuff, I didn't realize that it interferes with the smoke pick-up. You're right about the one with the scars, it's definitely a stand-out.

Lennieguys, I miss them too (I guess )

Now for the math tutor. I just finished 2 projects that needed to account for shrinkage. My little Moai bottle needed to shrink enough that the spout would fit snuggly and I made a tissue box cover that needed to fit a box of Kleenex. I added 13% to my measurements for shrinkage, but as Murphy's Law would dictate, the bottle neck came out a little too big and the tissue cover came out a little too small.



The tissue cover is hard-edge slab formed, rolled over a woven textured plaster bat. The tissue box fits snuggly inside but the cover is a bit short.

The mini Moai is molded. It turned out a bit smaller than I had intended, holds about 8 ounces. The neck is just a little too big for spout but I have a plan; I am molding another one right now, I'll make it a little thicker to the inside diameter of the neck is smaller. If your are interesting in some mini Moai bottles, PM me - I have a mold and I work cheap Can be glazed to your taste and personalized with the contents or your lounge name.
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Babalu
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From: Lemon Grove
Posted: 2009-06-18 2:48 pm   Permalink

I can't wait til you launch the new secret art project on TC - they are going to flip!!

 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2009-06-18 3:04 pm   Permalink



 
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Iokona Ki'i
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Posted: 2009-06-20 10:05 am   Permalink

Cool tissue box! Thanks for the math lesson.
Secret art project! Rock on Mike!
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2009-06-22 07:29 am   Permalink

Thank you Jason

Good folk of TC, thanks to YOU I have a new bedroom. It's tropical, but not tiki (yet sometimes these things take time). Our last bedroom was Moroccan themed, exotic and dark. But we had it several years and it was time for a change - something light and airy. Didn't really want a dark, matting covered tiki bar atmosphere, after all, this is where the mojo happens! I stole YOUR ideas - burned wood picture frames and outlet covers, bamboo shades, lighted parasols, tied fishing float accent lights, tropical fan, tiki torches retrofitted with flicker bulbs. Will have to sneak some tiki items in when the wife isn't looking Hopefully some cool art from the Art Swap.





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palapala
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From: Hale'a'Kenmore, Wash
Posted: 2009-06-27 4:11 pm   Permalink

Nice beginning,MDM!
is there any way I can convince you to trade is your white walls for maybe a nice warm antique,or bamboo gold? if so, take somthing that has that tone,(like some old bamboo, or something like it), to your local home depot, and give it to the paint magicians...for not alot of money, you might come up with a really yummy color!that's what I did when I picked the backround golden tone for "the Poi Dog Paradise".
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2009-06-28 06:52 am   Permalink

Thank you Palapala. The walls are actually tan, you can see the contrast with the white trim. The walls were a rich faux glaze gold before we painted them tan, not my choice

I've posted this crack repair technique before but it bears repeating. I had a small piece that cracked all the way through while it was drying, this is no surface crack.



I took the same clay I was working with, dried it, powdered it and screened it very fine (like flour). I put it in an unglazed bowl and bisque fired it. After it was cool, I screened it again and mixed it with glaze to make a thin putty. The putty was worked into the crack from both sides using fingers, tools, brush, etc. Allowed to dry, given 3 coats of glaze on both sides and glaze fired.



It sealed tight. The crack is still visible only because I used clear glaze, would be a lot less noticeable with an opaque glaze.

Of course, this won't work for every crack but it's worth a shot.
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2009-07-01 08:52 am   Permalink

I made a couple of Moai Bowls. No, not that kind of Moai Bowl. I added bowls to the top of Moais that I made from my mold. They a small, about 6-7 inches tall, and made as serving bowls for condiments. Used them for MaiTai Sherbet at Hank's Lagoon Chop





I tried something new, woven clay. I cut the clay into strips and wove it into a lotion dispenser cover. Kinda a pain in the arse! It has some intentional gaps between the strips, it would make a good candle holder


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Iokona Ki'i
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Posted: 2009-07-01 5:36 pm   Permalink

Dig the Moai condiment bowls. Also liked how you shot them
outside ala Rapa Nui style. Cool woven candle holder.
Does look like it must have been a lot of work!
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From: San Diego
Posted: 2009-07-01 11:36 pm   Permalink

Hey Mike! Love the Moai bowls and the syrup containers. The Mai Tai Sundae was quite good as well, although I think it could have used some kind of rum or rum syrup in it - but that's mostly just the rum lover in me.

Great job on the bedroom - that's one of our next projects as well.
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