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MadDog Mike's Platterful of Pupule - Krakatoa Mug Minor Success
beadtiki
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From: Bothell, Washington
Posted: 2011-03-07 9:35 pm   Permalink

Van - I would love to see your octoprint. Sounds interesting. Oh, and that movie - um, not so great, (big fan of the books though) but I will watch it again just to look for your creations!
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2011-03-10 07:50 am   Permalink

Thank you all for your kind comments

Zerostreet, I'm not a real big fish fan so I didn't eat it. I know fish is good for you, but only if it's baked or poached and then it doesn't taste all that great. You can fry it, but then it's not good for you any more and I just as soon eat fried pork instead. Actually, it was going to be several days until the trashman cometh, so I tossed it in the canal and it washed into the wheat field next door - good fertilizer!

Bead, I would like to find something with more prominent scales but we don't have any fish markets here - my only choices were tilapia and trout (which has no scales)

Robb, brain creases are a good thing, glad to see you stop by.

Cass,
GMAN was doing Gyotaku a few years back here on TC and it looks like he was getting pretty good prices for them too.

Van, I didn't have any red oxide laying around (I guess I could have scaped some off my old truck) so I went with a red glaze wash. I should have done something different with the eye before I put the clear glaze over, I'm afraid it's too late now



I'm too new around here to fully understand the link between TC and Lampreys (maybe one of the old-timers can explain it to us?) but I thought I would pay it a little homage.




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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2011-03-10 08:53 am   Permalink

Hi MDM, I can't believe all the unique sea world attractions you have come up with. If you are familiar with the Skipper Kent mugs with the girls with red skirts, the skirts are painted with enamel. There are many like that a they are fine in water.

I used Liquitex glossies on my Zombie Hut mugs last year. You paint them on and then bake them in your home oven to set. They come in lots of colors and can be bought through Dick Blick on line.

Your exhibit is so wonderful, Wendy


 
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Posted: 2011-03-10 09:18 am   Permalink

Awesome Lamprey,Mike!
them things give me the heebies!
Lake Michigan had it's share of em...
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Posted: 2011-03-10 10:41 am   Permalink

Wendy, that fish is probably going to be an ashtray - I'm not sure how enamel would hold up to the hot end of a cigarette I should have put some black underglaze on that eye first but had a brainfart! Next time
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beadtiki
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Posted: 2011-03-10 6:58 pm   Permalink

I think the fish "ashtray" looks like a fossil. That's cool too!

The lamprey is creepy cool! Did you make the jar too or find one kicking around? You have such fun ideas!
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Beachbumz
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Posted: 2011-03-10 7:15 pm   Permalink

Cool Fish Mike!
My kids were catching talapia out here in the run off streams down the road..
I tried them but really didn't care for it too much.. I think there better with clay all over them the way you did....
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2011-03-17 06:17 am   Permalink

Beadtiki - I didn't make the lamprey jar, a friend brought it back from Portugal for me. I thought this would be a good use for it

Beachbumz - those Tilapia are an African import, they must be taking over the world!

I added a second Lamprey so they wouldn't be lonely! Double the heebie-jeebies for Kinny


I finally got a chance to try out some raku

The middle one really got some copper color and some blues that didn't want to photograph too well. The other two are mostly just green. Funny how they all went through the same process and the same time and yet turned out different, such is the nature of raku I guess.

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Posted: 2011-03-17 06:46 am   Permalink

Very cool sea horses Mike!

For some reason, when I saw those just now I immediately envisioned one of them mounted in the center of an undersea painting on piece of wood!
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Posted: 2011-03-17 6:14 pm   Permalink

Hi Mike, you are the ceramics expert around here so I have a question for you. I picked up a mug recently that had glaze around the bottom. My mugs can't have glaze on the bottom because it would stick to the kiln. Another thing I noticed is that in one area the black actually is gooey and can be rubbed off. I don't think it's even glaze, but has some sort of coating over it. What's going on here?

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Posted: 2011-03-17 8:18 pm   Permalink

I'm not going to mention any names but here is a photo of the bottom of the mug so you can see how the glaze covers the bottom.


 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2011-03-17 8:35 pm   Permalink

Thanks Robert, look for those seahorses to show up on a BIG project within the next 30 days

"Hi Mike, you are the ceramics expert around here..."

That's funny - I never touched any clay before 2 years ago I don't think I hardly qualify as an expert!

There are several "non-fired" decorative coatings that can be put on ceramics. Duncan makes a whole series of products, there are also some that are cured in a regular oven as well as acrylic or epoxy paints. You CAN put regular ceramic glaze on the bottom of a mug if you place in in the kiln on a stilt*, it will have 3 or 4 little pinmarks on it.

I won't mention any names, but the guy who customized that mug is a really nice guy (I saw him Sunday) and he responds to PMs - you can always ask him

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Posted: 2011-03-17 10:14 pm   Permalink

(in little kids' voice - "I know about the secret project...I know about the secret project...I know about the secret project!!")

Nice raku seahorses, MDM. There is so much potential in that medium I can't wait to see what you create in the future (I have purchased little raku ceramic tiki beads that I use as focal points in necklaces. They are colored with copper I believe. They are awesome!)

Again nice artwork coming from down-south. Thanks for sharing! G
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2011-03-17 10:29 pm   Permalink

MauiTiki, Since you asked, we have found that the red dirt style by the unknown artist washes off. These are works of art to be displayed and not used!

The holders that MDM showed you come in all shapes and sizes. Here's how I stacked and used some to fire my decanter stopper for the Tiki Bob. I glazed the entire stopper. Wendy




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Posted: 2011-03-17 11:32 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the answers. I don't think he used stilts and I don't think it's a red dirt glaze. I do think the black is added after firing and sprayed with a coating. Not 100% sure how he did the brown. Thanks for your input. I can ask the guy who glazed it but I don't think he'll tell me his secret.
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