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Wendy Cevola 11/24/17 Day Seven on the Big Island of Hawaii in the town of Pahoa Time for Lava
Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2012-01-16 09:42 am   Permalink

nice work- you sure can sculpt some nice boobies too !!

 
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BigToe
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Posted: 2012-01-16 10:42 am   Permalink

amaaaaaazing, generous process documentation Wendy. MAHALO!!!!!!

 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2012-01-17 10:00 am   Permalink

Hi Tipsy, thank you. Dan's a boob man so I have to get them right to keep him happy.

BigToe, I love posting photos so its nice to hear they are appreciated, thank you. I hope to see you at Oasis in 2012.

I think I have the Bumatay done for the Sea Life Lamp that Roge is planning to make in the future. I added fins to make the Bumatay look like the fish he was before he became a mug. I am still sculpting more for this project.









I decided yesterday that the garage was too cold to sit in so I brought my work indoors. As long as the clay is wet I can clean up and not worry about clay dust in the house. It worked out really well. These mugs, three and four are drying now.
Today we will pour five and six.

We were about to leave and I told Dan we need to open these and get the molds drying outside.







I didn't want the mugs to dry before I did the fine tuning so I wrapped them in bags.

In the house I looked at the work ahead of me. I put on the Golden Globes as keep me company noise and got to work.









After I finished I cleaned up and put the two into the garage to dry.
Another good day, cheers, Wendy

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WestADad
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Posted: 2012-01-17 10:10 am   Permalink

Looking good Wendy! Love the Bumatay.

Best,
Chris


 
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ZeroTiki
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Posted: 2012-01-17 11:01 am   Permalink

More great stuff from CevolaLand! YAY!

 
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Professor G
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Posted: 2012-01-17 11:07 am   Permalink

Every time I look at the Bumatay, I think it's perfect, and then you make it better (more perfect-er, if you will). The zombie mug is stunning; I love to look at it but I'm pretty sure I'd blush every time I handled it. With that in mind, I'd like to express my appreciation to Tipsy McStagger for saying what needed to be said.

 
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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2012-01-17 6:06 pm   Permalink

Wendy! you added fins to the Bumatay!
EXCELLENT!

and the Zombie Torches are moving along!
You are my constant....
Hugs!


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2012-01-18 10:45 am   Permalink

Hi Friends.

WestADad I'm so glad that the Bumatay has passed muster. I'm super excited about the new lamp, thank you.
ZeroTiki it is so good to hear from you, keep it coming.
Professor G just think of all those "male" tikis out there, this has been overdue. No blushing here but its a compliment that I did her well enough to affect you.
Little Lost Tiki, always a pleasure to read what you write. I spent a long time on your thread last night ogling and reading your stories and descriptions.

Thank you all so very much, Wendy

Just a few photos.
Just to remind new ceramicists. If the pour hole is small use a gas siphon to remove most of the slip.

Use a flashlight to watch the opening while another person tips the mold.

Make sure the opening never closes. Air needs to go in or the glug glug factor will suck in the sides and collapse your cast.

Only when it's all out does the mold completely turn upside down and go on the
2 x 4's to dry out.


I now have made a second sea horse, the male. I have not yet decided on the texture. Today I'll work on the sea turtle.

I used the first seahorse as a template.

This worked well because I wanted the male a little larger.

I used a huge knife to cut off the excess.

All done.

This time I started with a thicker clay block so instead of using scraps to build my ridges I was able to carve away clay to make them.

I did add clay to make the face and eye.

Fins are started.

All done except for texture.


I took apart one of the molds today and found the mug too soft to lift out of the last piece. Winter cold is making it really hard to dry out both the molds and the casts. I'm using a fan non-stop but I'll have to spread the days apart further. I've left the second mug to dry out the rest of the day. I even have the fan on the molds when they are strapped together so that the outter dryness will pull water from the inside.

I could put the pieces in a box with a light bulb to heat them so they'll dry faster but today we spend with mom so there's no time to improvise. Tomorrow is another day. Gotta go. Cheers, Wendy


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Professor G
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Posted: 2012-01-18 4:24 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-01-18 10:45, danlovestikis wrote:

Professor G just think of all those "male" tikis out there, this has been overdue. No blushing here but its a compliment that I did her well enough to affect you.




Honestly, Wendy, I had the same problem with Benihana's geisha mugs; I was shy about where to put my straw. I want you to know that this thread, by showing me how much effort goes into even a single work, has made my mugs (I don't have many, but they are beautiful) much more valuable to me. It's also made me much kinder to one of the waitresses who is majoring in ceramics.


 
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2012-01-18 8:59 pm   Permalink

Outstanding as usual

 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2012-01-19 10:00 pm   Permalink

hang10tiki you always make me smile.

Professor G I was super shy when I was younger. I took speech classes in college and since then I've been able to give speeches with hundreds in attendance. I also took a potter's wheel class where I never got the hang of centering. I would love to have taken a ceramics class. I would love to know more about you. Send me a PM again when you have time. Wendy

Step by steps.

I have morphed the land turtle into a sea turtle and now that the shape is done I'll be able to carve in the detail in the shell and skin this weekend.


I have also finished the detailing for now on mugs #5 and #6. We hope to pour 2 more tomorrow. I'm watching to see if any develop cracks while drying, so far none have.









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Posted: 2012-01-19 10:14 pm   Permalink

Now THAT'S a sea turtle!
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2012-01-19 10:44 pm   Permalink

The honu is off to a good start...

 
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ZeroTiki
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Posted: 2012-01-20 10:53 am   Permalink

Eye popping wonderousness, Wendy!
And as always, so gracious to let us in on the intricacies of the process....Especially for those of us who will, someday, finally get around to making something for the kiln...


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2012-01-20 9:36 pm   Permalink

It's so nice to hear from three handsome men at once. So thank you MadDogMike and hang10tiki and ZeroTiki. I've pretty much finished the honu, thanks for the Hawaiian name hang10. As of today this is what I have for the next lamp that Roge will make.


Today we poured Zombie Torch #7 and #8. They are drying in the molds. The rain is here and heavy so my molds will take more time to dry between. Even with the fan running 24 hours a day it takes a day or two extra.

Dan is shaking up the slip before pouring through the screen.


Cheers, Wendy
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