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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2014-08-29 8:16 pm   Permalink

I think I do remember those now that I see them

 
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TikiAno
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Posted: 2014-09-10 10:12 am   Permalink

Mike, unfortunately those Kahiki coasters aren't quite "coaster-size," unless you're using them for a champagne flute? Once I started building that one I realized that keeping the original Kahiki one to scale would make for an usually large coaster (since the mouth/ coaster center would have to be made considerably wider.

"Da Bar" Mug. I've had a few drawings in my sketchbook for a "tiki bar" mug. These are from at least a year ago, finally I got started on it. Kinny posted a pic a little while back with the same idea, which validated my moving forward with the mug. Ha.




First I threw a slab, then used a press stamp for the stone walls. (The "plain" clay slab is visible above the imprint).




I wrapped parchment paper around a form (a water bottle, since my trusty PVC cylinders somehow went missing). I scored and slipped the wall together to make it "stick."



I let it set up, then pulled the bottle and made a better seal- plus added a bottom to the mug



A few days later I trimmed off some of the stone work, then began adding pieces to the wall. Each piece will need to dry a bit more before adding more detail....

The bar itself:



A glass float



And two flaming torches.



Soon to be added: bar shelves, bottles of rum, a mug shelf, hanging masks, bar stools, and a resin chunk lamp.

I've been posting more progress shots more regularly on instagram:
http:///www.instagram.com/tikianos

Muchos mahalos for the visit!

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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2014-09-10 12:06 pm   Permalink

That rock texture is cool
Nice start

Jon


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2014-09-12 08:49 am   Permalink

You've come up with so many cool ideas. That's turning out beautifully. I love the ideas. You are so good. Wendy
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TikiAno
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Posted: 2014-09-14 9:02 pm   Permalink

Thanks Jon & Wendy! It's been really hot here in San Diego, and I wasn't able to get back to the studio to work on "Da Bar" mug (EDIT: Okay, maybe not quite as HOT as near Wendy or Jon- but definitely hot for us wimps in SD)- ). Thankfully it was wrapped up tight and didn't dry up TOO much. I unwrapped it today and added some details. Carved bamboo into the front of the bar, & added rum bottles on a shelf above the bar (more details to be added after). There's also a mai tai waiting for its drinker on the bar top.





A hanging chunk resin lamp....





And more details on the flaming torches.

Got some more work done on this wheel thrown volcano bowl. Trimmed a foot ring then carved a lava line around the volcano pedestal in the center. Added texture to the sides for a coconut effect. This will be the first version of the "Flaming Coconut" bowl.





Muchos mahalos for the visit!

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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2014-09-15 09:16 am   Permalink

Lots of details on "Da Bar Mug" Dave, cool!


 
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2014-09-15 9:49 pm   Permalink

Sweet.......

 
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TikiAno
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Posted: 2014-09-17 08:57 am   Permalink

Worked on some more details, and now it's time to wait for it to fully dry and then get bisque fired....

More details on the rum bottles, do you recognize any specific ones? There's also some wood grain added to the shelf that holds the booze.



Itty bitty mai tai on the top of the bar. Ice cubes were slightly easier to sculpt than crushed ice. There's (supposed to be) a long mint spring coming out of the top of the glass. The bartender was pretty nice and has one ready once you enter "Da Bar."



Some visitors wonder about the lack of tiki decor in Da Bar, but their bartender reminds them to look up. The owners decided to place some details way up on the wall. Here's (half of) a Moai mask up there... don't worry, the flames from the torches LOOK like they're about to light the mask on fire, but that's just one of those perspective things. To date there's yet to be a fire in "Da Bar."




Muchos maholos for the visit!


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2014-09-24 08:37 am   Permalink

I really love Da Bar mug. This was a terrific idea. I hope you keep it wrapped and just uncover it for short periods of time. That will prevent cracking. I've sometimes takes a month to dry one of my thicker pieces like the Suffering Bastard Bob's.

Wendy
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TikiAno
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Posted: 2014-09-28 2:57 pm   Permalink

"Da Bar" Mug (version 1) is all dried up and ready for bisque firing. Wendy, I left it wrapped up after "score & slip" attachment of the added pieces, then let it dry out for a while more unwrapped- my usual procedure for pieces like this. Fingers are crossed- a potter friend will be loading this into a kiln load soon, along with a bunch of test tiles made with the stone work pattern, want to test out a few glazes before committing one to this mug.




A few Tiki Tiles came out of the kiln, too:

"Rum-Toothed"


"Nosey Moai" (photo may not show it, but it has a fairly large sniffer):


"Smiley." I used a low fire "Jungle Gem" glaze, which melts even more when firing to cone 6. I like how it came out, blue pops of color and a little cracking.



Looking forward to starting on another version of "Da Bar," tentatively called "Da Other Bar" mug.... what would you like to see on it?

Muchos mahalos for the visit!


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2014-09-28 7:23 pm   Permalink

I like those glazes. High fire? Wendy

 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2014-09-29 11:33 am   Permalink

Ready to fire "Da Bar"?

 
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TikiAno
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Posted: 2014-09-29 2:14 pm   Permalink

Hi Wendy, yes, electric kiln fired to Cone 6. I used cone 6 glazes on all but the last tile (as I normally do), which was a Mayco Jungle Gem cone 06 glaze.

Mike, yes, it will hopefully make it into a bisque load today or tomorrow. I'm going to head to the studio (hopefully) later today. I want to start on the second version of this one (with different "decor"). Did your fire the kiln after you replaced the elements in yours? Wait, let me go to your thread to find the answer...


 
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TikiAno
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Posted: 2014-10-01 08:59 am   Permalink

"Da Bar" mug went through da bisque fire and make it out a-okay. his is speckled buff clay body, so when it vitrifies (during the glaze firing) little black specks will appear all over the clay (under the glaze). Here's what it looks like now.



I'm leaning a few different ways for the glaze options (just one color for the exterior, I think), so made some test tiles with the stone work. Feel free to chime in with any thoughts on glazes, too. Test tiles are used to see how different glazes look on different clay bodies, using different amounts of glaze (or different applications of said glaze) work. I often use whole mugs as test tiles, which is not recommended.



I already had brushes out for glazing the test tiles, so I decided to attack the Volcanonut Bowl: Coconut on the outside, Volcano on the inside. I used five different glazes. The bowl base was hand thrown, then a Volcano hand built and attached. The volcano center has an indented area for flammable materials- whatever those may be.





Hopefully these will get fired soon (bad volcano pun). Muchos mahalos for the visit.

I've been posting more photos on my Instagram page- if you're on it, check out "tikianos" and say hi.


 
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TikiAno
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Posted: 2014-10-06 2:16 pm   Permalink

Forward progress....

First up, the Volcanonut Bowl came out of the kiln: it's a Coconut on the outside and a Volcano on the inside. The volcano top has a place to hold some flammable material(s). The larger bowl was thrown on a potters' wheel and the volcano was hand built and added afterwards. The black specks are all part of the clay, not the glaze (the clay body is called "Speckled Buff").





I really do like drinking bowls, so here's a peek at one that's just been trimmed. It's made of B-3 Brown clay body- which turns charcoal black when it's high fired. I will be adding some pieces to the sides....



Next is a small bowlish looking vessel- not so much for drinking, but might be good for something else. I trimmed this down and realized the shape be perfect for someone I know. I inscribed the name of this someone's home bar on it...

Top view:


Peek at the side view- don't want to give the name away since they may be on TC...!


Also, one more Tiki Tile was fired, I call him "Toothy." He definitely needs to go to a dentist- or an orthodontist (preferably).


I made some test tiles to figure out the glaze I'll be using for "Da Bar" mug. I chose five glazes and applied different coats of glaze on the tile to see how they'd come out. They came out of the kiln looking like this:


Do you have a favorite?

Muchos mahalos for the visit!


 
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