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PopTiki of Colorado - Gallery of Stuff
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Joined: Mar 11, 2006
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From: Eastern Shores of Western Civilization
Posted: 2010-05-23 07:40 am   Permalink

Poptiki of Colorado: Purveyer of Exotic Polynesian Pop Culture Provisions and Phenomena...Since 2005! Yep, I can say I knew'em waaay back when...

Viva Kate!


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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2010-05-24 07:46 am   Permalink

Daayyum Pops,, You went and learnt how ta do this stuff,,, Respectably too!

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tyger jymmy
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Joined: Apr 14, 2003
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From: califorina
Posted: 2010-05-25 5:40 pm   Permalink

Flippin Rad Mugs .

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Joined: Oct 31, 2004
Posts: 416
From: Westminster, CO
Posted: 2010-06-25 08:37 am   Permalink

Many thanks for all of the kind words, it's nice to know that people like what you do.

Jonesy, you've always been our number one fan! We appreciate the support!

Ben, Thanks again for the hospitality and welcoming us into your workshop. We learned a lot and are privileged to have had the experience.


During our preparations for the Hukilau, and the debut of the P-14/P-14D Hei-Tiki mugs, we got to talking and I convinced Pop that since a Hei-Tiki is a pendant, and the inspiration for our mug came from the Maori jade carvings of neck ornaments, that we ought to tweak one of the mugs with some attachment points, so you can wear it around your neck. So Pop poured a mug, then hand bulit two small loops on either side of the head. Then, just to make it stand out, we picked a glaze we wouldn't normally use (keeping with our classic aesthetic), but caught our eye once at the local ceramic shop.

What resulted was this guy:

Close up of the glaze and the loops:

We also did a one-off in a clear glaze over the slightly off-white clay body, to give it more a bone look rather than the jade-ish green we did the run with. But he found a new home before I had an opportunity to get any decent pictures of him. But here's the one shot I do have:

But, things are settling down a bit, so it's time to get back to the studio and hopefully we'll have more stuff to share soon.

Thanks for looking!



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talo ka
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Joined: Jul 26, 2007
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From: tampa, fla
Posted: 2010-06-25 09:08 am   Permalink

oh yeah. i am the proud owner of a bright green mug just like him. glad i could finally get down your asile at hukilau.

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Joined: Feb 02, 2009
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From: Rohnert Park, California
Posted: 2010-06-25 10:35 am   Permalink

You make some amazing work! Will you have a table at Tiki Oasis this year?


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Joined: Oct 31, 2004
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From: Westminster, CO
Posted: 2010-11-04 2:28 pm   Permalink

Now that it's fall and all of the events and activities of the summer are through, we're headed back into the studio to start work on our 2011 stuff. Of course, the first thing you do is do a bit of house cleaning, so we've got a few one off pieces that we did that have been sitting around that we thought we'd show you guys:

The first one is a Glaze Test we did when we first started doing the Hei-Tiki. The eyes are a metallic glaze that gives a pretty cool effect.

We weren't enamored with the opaque color of the green so we ended up going with something else, but it's still a very nice look:

In addition, we tried a new method of glazing/firing our Tiki Surf Club mug that gives it a much more weathered/antiqued look that we really like a lot, so we'll be doing them like this going forward.


We also did a couple "Designer's Editions" of our P-3 Tiki Bub mug. This first one uses a glaze that has the appearance of motor oil, so we called him Oily Bub:

As you can see here, the P-3DE Oily Bub is larger than the P-7 Little Bub, and you can also see the difference in the glaze between the oily one and the standard glaze we use.

The other Designer's Edition we did uses a glaze that gives the impression of old cast iron, so naturally we called it Iron Bub:

and Finally, though not Tiki (yet), we did these mugs that my wife designed for our booth at the Denver Modernism Show, to go along with the Modernist Aesthetic of the show. Coming up, we're going to use this design as the base for several new mugs, including our version of a fogcutter.

So, now we're back to the sketching and sculpting, and looking forward to getting all messy with some new stuff for next year.

Mahalo for looking!

- Helz


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Joined: May 23, 2010
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Posted: 2010-11-06 12:33 pm   Permalink

great work i love your mugs

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Tiki Baļ
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Joined: Jul 30, 2007
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From: Paris France
Posted: 2010-11-10 01:10 am   Permalink

I really like your Hei tiki.. very nice color glaze.

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Joined: Nov 23, 2010
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Posted: 2010-11-25 5:19 pm   Permalink

Do you have a physical studio that's open to the public? I'm in the Boulder area, and it might be fun to take a road trip.

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Joined: Feb 28, 2006
Posts: 575
From: central MA
Posted: 2011-02-14 3:34 pm   Permalink

I don't know if anyone's mentioned this but your PopTiki logo totally reminds me of Deadpool from Marvel comics.


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Joined: Jan 10, 2011
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From: Denver, CO
Posted: 2011-02-18 8:24 pm   Permalink

I just wanted to say I love all your stuff, specifically the volcano mug and bowl and the modernist mugs. Most of all I like the fact that something is thriving in Colorado with tiki.


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little lost tiki
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Joined: Jun 12, 2006
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From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2011-02-18 10:24 pm   Permalink

Awesome as usual!
Love the glazes on some of these...
your quest for perfection is duly noted!
What a great batch of creativity!

www.kinnyruzic.com Art Blogs Wishes Fulfilled!
I'm on Facebook and now Instagram under Ken Ruzic
AW Jeah!

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Joined: Oct 31, 2004
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From: Westminster, CO
Posted: 2011-02-25 12:36 pm   Permalink

Thanks again, all for the kind words. We have a great time making stuff, and when people like what you do, it's even better.


We do have a studio, but it's in the garage. We have days when folks drop by and hang out, and we'll let ya know!


I can see the resemblance. The logo was actually derived from a PNG Orator's Chair that is in the Oceania section of the Denver Art Museum (keepin' it local!). I don't want to post a pic of it here, as this is the gallery, but there's a pic of it on our website.


Yep, there definitely a nice little Tiki scene going on here in Denver, next time you're heading this way let us know!


Mahalo! It is a true compliment coming from such a great artist as yourself.

We've been out in the studio quite a bit the past few months working on our stuff for 2011. We're pretty excited to get a few finished up so we can show you guys!



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Joined: Mar 05, 2005
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From: Loveland, CO
Posted: 2012-05-03 05:08 am   Permalink

OK, finally getting back here to post an update'

I guess the first would be the event mug for the CATT event,Chicago Area Tiki Tour.
Here's the Event mug

We also did two mugs for their raffle.
The first was based on our "Tourist Mug" style of glazing.

The second was our homage to the Luau 400, we called it the "Luau CATT"

We also did a "Special Request" version of the mug.

Another Ku style was next.

Then we finally got our version of a Marquesas style mug finished.

The next one we had hanging around for a long time was our Tangaroa style. We did a large handled version.

We've also done a very few large ones without a handle. I stuck the can in the pic for scale.

Our regular "Tang Head" version.

Somewhere along the way I tried another glaze on our bamboo mugs and really like what we got.

I about forgot. We did our Moai in orange for our friends at Zen Tiki Lounge. He ended up being named "Big Richard", so here he is.

We also did it in a mod blue for Kelly at Velveteen Lounge Kitsch-en.

While we're talking about our Moai there was one more different guy we tried.

Thanks to Squid, who gave the Kahanui chapter of the FOM permission to use his "Snowy Moai" artwork as their logo, what resulted was their "Snowy Moai" chapter mug. It's done in their chapter orange.

One of our newest pieces is our "Hei Tiki Head"

This was done with a face on both the front and back of the mug.

The tongue and teeth are glaze as well as the rest of the mug except for the eyes. To simulate the sealing wax which was originally used we pour the eyes in resin as the last step in the making of this mug.

The very latest piece we are just starting to get out is our version of a New Caledonia post carving. This one was on the shelf a long time too, but we are finally getting them going. They will all be different and this first one has shades of PMP on it.

This bowl also has a face on both the front and back.

One last family photo. I wanted to finally put a complete set of our "tourist mugs" together for a group photo so I've include that.

This is all for now, thank you.

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