||Tiki Mug Misfortunes
Joined: Mar 25, 2002
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
|Posted: 2012-07-02 10:02 pm  Permalink|
On 2012-07-02 16:24, underdog wrote:
I think my husband posted this in another thread, but this seemed to be a more appropriate place. Sorry for the duplication, but we're really upset and I'm not sure our disappointment can be truly captured in a single post.
We live in North Central Florida, not by any means a mecca of tiki culture. We rarely make finds 'in the wild' because there's just not that much around. Therefore, we often have to rely on ebay to scratch our tiki itch. We're also on a budget, so we can't spring for many of the mugs on our wish list at the going rate.
So imagine our glee when we found a Hoffman Kahiki Moai mug in an auction missing most of the common search terms, starting at 5.99. And no one bid against us. We've had mugs shipped to us before, and aside from one tiny chip we've been pretty lucky. But this mug, which we will probably not find in our price range again, which is such a great piece of tiki history, which we were so excited to find, arrived like this:
A few big pieces and some dust. No chance of gluing back together. Our first big tiki misfortune.
What a crime! My condolences...
Joined: Jul 02, 2012
|Posted: 2012-07-03 06:28 am  Permalink|
Thanks for the condolences bigbro. We're still trying to figure out an appropriate way to honor the remains.
Grand Member (8 years)
Joined: Jun 17, 2002
|Posted: 2012-07-07 12:51 pm  Permalink|
Well I'm posting again. I made this purple Tiki Bob bowl for my husband Dan. It never even made it from the garage to his collection.
Why because I set it on the car hood which was slopped. Since I glazed the bottom of the bowl it was slick enough to slide off and crash on the floor.
I'm so sad, Wendy
Joined: Jun 08, 2003
From: Lancaster, SC
|Posted: 2012-09-11 7:46 pm  Permalink|
Gosh, over a month since the last accident. I hate to be the one to bring this topic back up to the front of the line, but today in the mail I received some recent wins off eBay. Should have been 2 coconut mugs, a Harvey's Sneaky Tiki and a Harvey's bucket...three of them made the trip across country safely...
RIP poor little coconut mug. I'm sorry I never got to know you. The seller was quick to refund the cost of the mug so at least that worked out. Funny thing is that this mug was the only one wrapped in bubble wrap. The other three were packed into a box wrapped in newspaper.
Joined: Oct 19, 2004
|Posted: 2012-09-12 03:59 am  Permalink|
At least two of the Bob's look like they could be salvaged! I hope you didn't toss them. I love that glaze, too.
Grand Member (first year)
Joined: Aug 05, 2011
From: LBC via DFW
|Posted: 2013-04-12 08:18 am  Permalink|
This is the only broken mug/bowl/carving I've been sent and it was quickly replaced. The prow had broken off on the Armada Geddon so I glued it back on, but I think it would still display well on a wall shelf.
If anyone local (LA/OC) wants it you can have it for free along with the tiki treasure map that came with it. I don't have the heart to throw it in the trash. It's just sitting in my closet.
Grand Member (first year)
Joined: Jun 21, 2006
|Posted: 2013-04-12 1:04 pm  Permalink|
The GROG Moai Mug---GROG' personal mug. Hand-made by GROG at Babalu's awesome clay jam with Squid, Bai, Bowana, Buzzy, etc.
Here's some of the pieces. Hiphipahula is using the rest of the mug for a picture for her website for a drink she made called THE MUG CRACKER.
Thankfully it broke into a few large pieces, so when GROG get the rest of the mug back from Kelly, then GROG try and fix it and bring it back from the dead.
Joined: Oct 19, 2004
|Posted: 2013-04-13 2:14 pm  Permalink|
WHAT!? NO! WAS GROG DRINKING AND USING THE WHIL?
Joined: Apr 12, 2008
|Posted: 2013-04-18 10:45 pm  Permalink|
I was going through photos and came across this set that I realized kinda fits this thread...
This was a batch of greenware from a few months ago that should have come out of the kiln as bisque. A freak accident, where two fail-safes failed simultaneously, resulted in runaway temperatures that reduced everything inside the kiln to piles of goo.
This was a tiki menorah and a PNG drum bowl. The menorah exploded then melted, and the bowl melted into a puddle resembling thrown pizza crust dough that the thrower failed to catch.
This shelf of the kiln holds the sad remains of a Shrunken Santa Head mug with Santa Hat lid. (the lid is the pointy puddle), two Tiki Bob's bucket mugs and two different styles of Stockton Islander mug. The Islander mugs managed to retain their shape, but they were covered in horrific, painful-looking blisters and cracks. And they were fused to the kiln shelf, like everything else.
The annoying thing (or, one of the annoying things) about this mishap was that a couple of the pieces I had completed and had sitting around for months... the menorah was sculpted and sitting around for almost a year... curses!
Oh well... every time something goes into the kiln, it's like a crap shoot anyway!