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Babalu & Hiphipahula's New Mug
Hiphipahula
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From: The Valley! Female, leo,fav color pink.
Posted: 2008-01-05 03:17 am   Permalink

Happy New Year 2008! ... "Hiphip's" Bird of Paradise"


I was so impressed by Tiki Artist Babalu's (aka Rick Henderson) mug "Man o' War and "The Bird" a few months ago I had Babalu twist and turn some ideas and make me up a one of a kind for myself. I received the mug in the mail, opened it and it was AMAZING! That "Cardinal Red" just took my breath away, I knew it would, you don't see that deep true shade often in mug making and I knew it was an extraordinary piece of art.

Back in September of '07 I knew Christmas was coming faster than we ever count on. I was on the search for a "Custom Mug" I could gift to a few collectors that went WAY out of their way this year for me. These collectors never seize to amaze or surprise me. When I could not make a event or just because I said "wow I like that, it suddenly appeared. One collector in general just covers every ones ass in the good deeds she does that are done out of the Love of Tiki everyday.

The clock is ticking, and because he is Brilliant, I got in touch with Babalu, I knew Rick was the talent I wanted. I had this picture in my head all complete. A "BIRD of PARADISE" a twist on the "Bird" So we chatted, and Rick knew instantly what I was envisioning. I told him, "It has to be about the things I love, I am a Landscaper, I love color, plants, birds, nature. I love the Ocean, Tiki, Sweet Cocktails and MUGS! Oh, and I'm Irish, I need a Shamrock on it somewhere".

Many chit chats later we had what needed to be done to make it truly of it's own and limited to 5 never to be made again. Incorporated are the things I love, nature, the ocean, color and tiki. I dig the lil' tiki peeking through, Babalu's signature "Man of War" also peeking through those tentacles, a headdress that mimics the plant and a ever so sweet nectar drink and a Shamrock.

So 16 Glazes later, No Bull and No molds for these fine flocks of feathers, the headdresses are too delicate therefore no 2 alike. Thanks to the talent of Cammo as well who was in on the whole process and made these lovely hang tags or cards and they are Fabulous, Mahalo Bradha...
So no further ado... Hiphip's "Bird of Paradise" By Babalu ... Cammo's right, Babalu is a Genius and I thank him a Million Mahalo's!

(This is where I hope Babalu steps in and explains the whole process, I would like to understand it better myself )









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TravelingJones
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Posted: 2008-01-05 05:55 am   Permalink

D'atz a winner Hhhips BOP! Superb colorwork on da glazes Babs... YOU sir, are Capt. Fantastic!!!
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Cammo
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Posted: 2008-01-05 09:27 am   Permalink

So THAT's what Babalu did on his Christmas vacation!

These were all hand sculpted, hand glazed, fired & designed by Babalu, and sit on top of a Man O' War base that again was from a hand-made mold; poured, pulled, resculpted, fired, glazed, fired again, and often re-glazed and re-fired (AGAIN!) all by that Babalu guy. There's probably 15 hours of work, minimum, on each one.

I think it was worth it; these are the coolest 'mugs' I've ever seen.


 
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Hiphipahula
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From: The Valley! Female, leo,fav color pink.
Posted: 2008-01-05 11:18 am   Permalink

what a guy huh...lol

 
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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2008-01-05 12:38 pm   Permalink

In-Fricken-Credible!
The Man-O-War in itself is a treasure
but this just is off-the-hook!
Man!
Kelly,you just really know how to prod and challenge the artist
to create something beautiful and unique! Right on!
Babs,you Sir,are an Odd National Treasure...


 
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Cammo
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Posted: 2008-01-05 2:12 pm   Permalink

The audience just voted, and these mugs get the TROPHY!

Here it is! It's engraved, (around the bottom, it's hard to read in this photo)

"In Loving Appreciation of an Outstanding Achievement in Tiki Mug-U-Facturing & Artistic Astonishment, Presented to Babalu, 2008"

WAY TO GO!



 
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Babalu
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From: Lemon Grove
Posted: 2008-01-05 5:36 pm   Permalink

Just back from the Chop...that was fun!

Whoa Kelly...such kind words. You is one very "Hip" lady in my book!

Mr. Jones...your the man among men...thank you boss.

LLT...Thanks man, It makes me feel "great" when a true artist, such as yourself, enjoys the work I do.

Cammo...Dude, I know your only saying all those nice thing because you think my Mom's hot, and you want to see more pictures of her.
I did put some time into these guys sure, but I don't think was 15 hour each, still hey, thank you Cammo, you've been a really good friend to me.

Hip Hip, It was a great pleasure to collaborate with you on this project as well. Truly, the biggest reward for me in this whole endeavor is that your so happy with your new "flock". Would it be a flock, or a grouping? Not sure what one would call a gathering of wild jelly fish creatures with bird heads wearing tiki pendants. Can you imagine such creatures floating around in the ocean making strange birds calls to each other? I was sick all last week and posted up on the couch watching "Planet Earth"...best darn disk set one can buy....anyway, I learned there are 42 different types of Birds of Paradise in New Guinea (the bird, not the plant)...these are some wild and strange looking, way cool birdies.

Let's see...what to explain about the mugs?....

Well, as you mentioned, I used 16 different premixed, store bought glazes on these guys to get the color effect. Of course, a few of them were only used marginally in the places....for those of you that like to play in clay...here was my chosen palette.

Laguna brand - Sunburst yellow

Duncan brand Translucents - Cherry Red, Miami Pink, Pumpkin Orange, Sun Yellow, Plum Blush, Royal Purple, Grape Splash, Galaxy Blue, Bluegrass, Leaf Green, Sea Mist Green, Walnut Brown, Black, White, and finally Clear.

The one on the far left of the top picture I took for Hip Hip was the one that was my test firing, or artist proof. It was from that one that I made the choice to add to the pallet a little.

Kelly and I decided to "go" on this project in like mid November. Kelly very much wanted to get these birds to their new owners by Xmas, but with all the traveling I had to do prior to the holidays, I'm afraid they were a little late making that deadline. To the new owners...sorry for being late guys.

Cammo, Thanks for taking on the cards brother...they turned out sweet. The Bird of Paradise drink recipe on the back of the card was thought up by Hip Hip herself....

I did a little research to come up with some direction on the little birdman tiki mask on the side of the mug. There are some really cool images out there to pull from....I knew, however, that I did not wish to copy something verbatim, so I pulled a little from here and there and tossed a little Babalu in for good measure.

I only fired these guys twice...the bisque firing, and the glaze firing.

Anyway, not sure what else to say, except, Thanks again Hip Hip for for making this project possible. I very much look forward to our next endeavor together.

Peace!

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Babalu
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Posted: 2008-01-05 6:43 pm   Permalink

I thought this picture turned out pretty good...


 
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Tiki-Kate
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Posted: 2008-01-06 08:06 am   Permalink

Words fail me.




Thank you, Kelly. This is one of the loveliest, most thoughtful gifts I've ever received.

And thank you, Rick. Your talent constantly amazes me.
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ravenne
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Posted: 2008-01-06 1:27 pm   Permalink

Wow! This is beautiful!!!

Babalu, that is so awesome! I love it, very cute and different!

Kelly, you should've brought this last night so I could take a lookie-loo!


Rawk on Babalu!!!!
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Hiphipahula
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Posted: 2008-01-06 1:43 pm   Permalink

It was there, Kate had hers in the car, sorry you missed it, sometime soon we will all get together here at the house & you will see shelves of mugs...I hope
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ravenne
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Posted: 2008-01-06 1:48 pm   Permalink

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On 2008-01-06 13:43, Hiphipahula wrote:
It was there, Kate had hers in the car, sorry you missed it, sometime soon we will all get together here at the house & you will see shelves of mugs...I hope




Poopoo! Should've told me!

Yea! A get together would be rad!

You think we can get that band from last night?
We'll mosh!
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Hiphipahula
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Posted: 2008-01-06 2:16 pm   Permalink

lord, that band, I still doing the emo irish jig
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Paipo
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Posted: 2008-01-06 2:31 pm   Permalink

Mindblowing! The colours are breathtaking.That little tiki mask works really well - the eyes and the overall shape remind me of the cowrie shells used on PNG masks.
I'm lucky enough to have one of Bab's special manowars (also with a bird head) and it's one of my absolute favourite pieces in the ol' mug collection.
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Meheadhunter
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Posted: 2008-01-06 2:37 pm   Permalink

These are absolutely phenominal.....great work on the glazes and the colors are awesome....Great Job!!!
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