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MadDog Mike's Platterful of Pupule - Kiln Geek Info
Bowana
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Posted: 2009-08-21 08:52 am   Permalink

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On 2009-08-18 17:21, MadDogMike wrote:



Because of the glaze problems, I ended firing this guy probably 8 times, but finally got him all covered in glaze.



The 8th time is the charm! Despite that you were having problems with screwy glazes, it came out fantastic, Mike!
Scaaaaary guuuy!

Bowie


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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2009-08-21 10:46 pm   Permalink

Thank you Dave

Here's my the start of my next menu inspired piece, I hope it doesn't get me excommunicated from the Tiki Mug Makers Guild. I don't know how to explain it, but the volume of empty space in the base probably exceeds the fluid capacity of the mug. I'm not sure it even qualifies as a mug, maybe it's a sculpture with an added fluid reservoir

INSPIRATION


WORK IN PROGRESS


After the final firing, I plan to cast a blue-green transparent epoxy waterfall and lake. We'll see how that works out. I've got a massive handle on the back that needs some work and need to finish the Pillsbury Dough Tiki.
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blacksandz
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From: Western NY
Posted: 2009-08-22 11:34 am   Permalink



NICE work, MDM! Super inspired Zombie Village/Skipper Kent's mug!

Now, get back in the lab and create one for me!

No, seriously!

sandz



 
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squid
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Posted: 2009-08-22 11:54 am   Permalink

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On 2009-08-18 17:21, MadDogMike wrote:








The Mad Dog is on fire!!!


 
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Lorilei
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Posted: 2009-08-22 1:33 pm   Permalink

Nice looking pieces. I can't wait to see the volcano all finished!

 
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Robb Hamel
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From: Ohio
Posted: 2009-08-22 7:21 pm   Permalink

As always, mate, your stuff KICKS.

 
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2009-08-22 10:26 pm   Permalink

Blacksandz, Squid, Lorilei & Robb, THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Creativity is it's own reward, but the kind words of others are sweet too

Tonight, I crept back down into the laboratory tried this epoxy waterfall for my volcano. The mold is made of ceramic clay (wet) covered with Saran Wrap. After the epoxy is set, I'll pop it out and recycle the clay. The epoxy directions (I skimmed through them) said that if the epoxy components are cold, your cast will end up cloudy - maybe that would be good for a turbulent waterfall.



Here's the back and handle. The handle is stout - I don't want the piece to be visually unbalanced, but the handle needs to be sturdy enough to support the mug. Hmmmm, a dilemma.



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mp
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From: Nor Cal
Posted: 2009-08-22 10:42 pm   Permalink

Awesome work Mike! It was so great to talk with you at Oasis and your
original kiln plug is the bomb. Folks if you havent Mike, he's a real softy
with a super positive outlook. I hope I get to hang with you again someday.
The skipper Kents mug is awesome. Keep on rockin!
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2009-08-23 10:07 am   Permalink

Thanks MP It was great to meet you and your family at Oasis. At Oasis, MP asked me if I was retired 'cuz he thought I seem to make lots of crap (my words, not his) The sad truth is that I'm not a retiree, I'm a PROCRASTINATOR!!!! Here's what I should be doing instead of playing with clay:






Also - remodeling the bathroom, getting in shape to re-start Karate after 1 1/2 years off, building decorative faux surfboards for the church, helping my wife plan a baby shower for my upcoming grandson, etc, etc, etc. Instead, I'm playing with clay and epoxy! "Hi, my name is mike and I'm a procrastinator"

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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2009-08-23 10:24 am   Permalink

fergit all that!
your first responsibility should be to your art.
werd.
cut grass-it'll just grow back again....

Here's an example....
Albrecht Durer's wife wanted him to go mow the lawn
he decided to go out there and paint instead...
the results are one of the most beautiful watercolors of all time..


think about it....
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2009-08-26 4:48 pm   Permalink

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On 2009-08-23 10:24, little lost tiki wrote:
your first responsibility should be to your art.



Thank you, now I have the Official Kinny Blessing to ignore my chores and play with clay

Finally got most of my glaze samples done. Thanks to Robb's sandpaper and Bowana's E6000 miracle adhesive they seem to be actually stuck this time. This will make things easier now if I will actually make tiles for any new glazes as I get them.



I gonna play piggy with Squid!!! [surfer dude accent] I'm, like, totally stoked brah [/surfer dude accent] Gonna be great fun but I'm a little nervous, I want to do this right.
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Sophista-tiki
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From: Seattle WA
Posted: 2009-08-26 7:45 pm   Permalink

Mike those chores will still be there when you finally get to them. I'm with Ruzic Gotta go with the creativitey while you have it.
I try to do equal time on house projects, earning $ and making art. The bills get paid,the house isn't falling down and I get to paint a little everyday.
I love that menu cover you are using for your next piece. AND the piece is looking swell too.
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2009-08-29 10:03 am   Permalink

Thank you Dawn. And don't worry, I can always find creative ways to avoid my chores

OK, my menu inspired "The Polynesian" mug was scheduled to be finished today! All I had to do was pull it from the kiln this morning, pour some blue epoxy in the "lake" and it was done. But I couldn't sleep last night so I go up and went to the studio. I decided, since the menu had an outrigger canoe in the lake, my mug needed one too. I made the clay canoe, now I have to wait for it to dry, bisque fire it, glaze fire it to the mug, and then pour the epoxy - so much for finishing today My canoe is a little large for the lake, but I was afraid it would be too fragile if I made it any smaller.




I tried an experiment with a fat lava glaze to the right of the waterfall, I think it turned out alright.



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Bowana
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Posted: 2009-08-29 10:10 am   Permalink

I see the experiments are coming along. Nice contrast between the gloss and matte glazes, Professor.
Stay out of the desert heat, Bud.

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Tobor64
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From: Burbank, CA.
Posted: 2009-08-29 11:32 am   Permalink

This has got to be the nuttiest, most intricate mug ever created! I love it! Can't wait to see the final masterpiece.

 
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