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SWIZ....MUGS 'N' STUFF. Same same but different.
swizzle
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From: Melbourne,Australia
Posted: 2012-08-11 02:57 am   Permalink

Thanks for the compliment lunavideogames.

Thank you Wendy. I'll see you in a few days.

It's been a while since i last posted and i've glazed a few mugs since then so this post will be a bit of a photo dump.

First up is a custom mug for Wayne Hoareau of
Wild tHing creations in colours of his choice.

Lime green and Pumpkin.



These are some test samples of glaze i mixed myself.


Although the brown on the left looks like a nice honey-brown colour in the sample for some reason the mug below came out quite orange after it was fired which i was a little unhappy with. Only because that was not the colour it was supposed to be.

Brown? and Red.


This is another mug i added some skulls to but i got a little carried away with this one. The skulls were hand painted with enamel.

Black and Paris Green.




This next mug didn't quite work out as i was hoping. It was glazed the same way as my previous mug with the 'Moko' but as you can see in the pictures the black didn't actually get right into the holes/dots i made and also in certain areas it exploded/bled around them. Because of that reason the only way i felt i could save the mug was to glaze it in a dark colour. As i didn't want to glaze it black i ended up adding black to one of the browns in the test samples above and reglazed it in that colour. Unfortunately because of the extra layer of glaze on it a lot of the carving detail got lost but i'm much happier with the result than what it looked like before.




Dark Brown and Light Jade.




Dark Brown and Purple.


I honestly can't remember which browns i used on this mug but both of them are again using ones from the test samples. Although the coverage on it is even i could have sprayed a few more layers of glaze onto it to get a deeper colour however i like how it came out as it doesn't look too 'flat', if that makes sense. I'll end up hand painting the skulls later.




The following four mugs are all part of my 'Grey Series'. The first three mugs have had black glaze brushed onto them and them wiped back off. This first one was another attempt at a Fat lava. Happy with how it turned out and also learnt a few new things while making it, which is always a good thing.

Grey slip, Red and clear.




Extremely happy with this one. I have to say that this probably my most favourite mug i have made so far.

Grey slip, Turquoise and clear.



This is another mug which came out differently to what i expected but i'm still very happy with the outcome. I used a 'crystal' glaze on the inside which i then overflowed and let run down the outside. I'm pretty sure that i didn't get the desired 'crystal' effect on the outside because the base mug is grey and not white therefore it obviously doesn't stand out as much. I'm also wondering if the clear that was sprayed over the top of it reacted with the crystal glaze at all.

Grey slip, Northern Light and clear.




And last but not least, another one i'd have to say is also one of my most favourite mugs so far. Unfortunately the mug was quite hard when i was cleaning it up and it had distorted at the top and when i squeezed it back into shape it cracked. As it is a test mug and the crack is on the inside you cannot tell when it is on display so i'm not to worried about it. The white frothy stuff on the outside is a new product i found and i tried a different colour crystal glaze on the outside. I'm sure the crystal glaze would look different on a mug that is white and not grey but it still came out well.

Grey slip, Grape Divine and Oyster Speckle White.




I have two other mugs i didn't post as one is a custom mug for a trade and the other is a gift and i don't want the recipients seeing them yet.

Well that's it from me at the moment and probably will be for a little while. Although i might still make a couple more General Ra Ra's, i think this mug has run it's course and it's time to start a new design. I already know what the next mug will be from one of my drawings, i just need to get off my butt and sculpt it..............then make the mold.

Until the next time,
Cheers
swizzle

P.S. I'll see some of you in a few days time at Tiki Oasis.






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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2012-08-11 06:45 am   Permalink

Swizz, you've been busy ~ even mixing your own glazes! I'm either too chicken or too lazy for that.

Seem sometimes our best inspirations come from our mistakes. I know this wasn't the colour you wanted but it has a cool texture to it


The random "bleeding out" on this looks cool too, you couldn't have planned that if you wanted to


The fat lava glaze turned out wicked and the crystal glaze one is awesome, subtle but still noticeable. I'm not sure clear would make it better and it could make it worse.


And this guy is definitely made for drinking Foster's (that's Australian for beer, right?). Looks like the beer foam has run over the top and down his face

See ya in a few days mate!

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wim"flap"thielemans
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Posted: 2012-09-27 08:32 am   Permalink

WOW!!!!! has been a while since i've been on tiki central, way too busy!!!
But i'm back, and one of the things i did was a great mug-trade with my amigo swizzle! belgium meets australia! Totally the colors i asked for, AND my name carved into it!! Oow yeah!!! that's the way!! We'll do another trade in the future, for sure!!!
enjoy the pics y'all, one happy man over here!
take care robbie, here ya later!!
greetz, flap!




 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2012-09-27 3:08 pm   Permalink

Swizzle you are doing so well. The glazes look terrific. You get bonus points for experimenting. I'm looking forward to your next design but I never get tired of seeing this one. Cheers, Wendy

 
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Beachbumz
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Posted: 2012-09-27 8:37 pm   Permalink

Looking Good Flap! I'll be filling my General up tonight with some good rum hopefully after work.. Great job on the glaze Robbie, really came out nice, wait a minute.. RED?? No purple??
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nui 'umi 'umi
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Posted: 2012-09-27 9:07 pm   Permalink

Robbie, You spent a bit of time with us here in SoCal and I thought your only talents were conversation and imbibing. Your mugs are outstanding!
Cheers,.
David and CeCe
Btw, your Mai Tai's weren't bad either.


 
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swizzle
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From: Melbourne,Australia
Posted: 2012-11-02 03:37 am   Permalink

Look at what i bought last weekend!!!



I'm very happy with this purchase. It is in extremely good condition and also a good size. And even though i still need to get an electrician out to wire it up, i think it will be worth the money in the long run.

Thanks Wendy. I haven't quite retired this mug yet regardless of how much i'd like to and will have a few more 'experiments' to show in a week or so. My next design is actually on it's way.

Thanks braddah Scott. It would have been purple if i had the choice but FLAP requested red.

David, thank you for the compliment on my mugs, although conversation and imbibing are talents that are not to be sneezed at. . Hopefully sometime in the future i can make you some more Mai Tais, in my mugs, and the conversation can last all night.

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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2012-11-02 05:48 am   Permalink

Awesome Swizz! Congratulations!

 
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Beachbumz
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Posted: 2012-11-02 7:27 pm   Permalink

Nice Robbie, you scored bra!! Can't wait to see all the art that comes out of it..


 
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Posted: 2012-11-02 7:34 pm   Permalink

Congrats on the kiln...looking forward to your creations!!!


 
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anthonymaye
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Posted: 2012-11-02 10:09 pm   Permalink

love the brown with red at the top of the page just stunning!

 
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TikiTomD
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Posted: 2012-11-10 5:21 pm   Permalink

Robbie, two of your awesome “General Ra Ra” Tiki mugs now grace the Blowfish Bar in Flagler Beach, Florida. Really appreciate the extraordinary effort you undertook to get them to me. Here they are...



















Here these beauties are on the shelf above the bar...








-Tom


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2012-11-10 7:24 pm   Permalink

Robbie it is so cool that you have a kiln, congratulations. I'm very excited. Now make a board for your glaze tests and keep up with them. Cheers, Wendy
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swizzle
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From: Melbourne,Australia
Posted: 2012-12-29 01:10 am   Permalink

Thanks Mike, Scott and VampiressRN.

Thank you anthonymaye.

Thanks Tom for liking my mugs enough to purchase some from me. The drama getting them to you was quite entertaining though i must say.

Thanks Wendy. It feels good having my own kiln knowing i can fire stuff whenever i want to.

Well since my last post i have had the kiln wired up and have done a couple of firings which i'll get to later.

First up is a few more of my General Ra Ra mugs. A couple of months ago we had another get together at the Tiki Lounge and Bar here in Melbourne and i made a few mugs to take along and sell. If you've been following my thread you'd be aware that there are two versions of my mug which i call V.1 and V.2. With this batch of mugs i decided to detail and glaze both V.1 and V.2 in the same style and colour to make a matching pair. I did this with three pairs and there were 4 other 1/1 mugs to make up 10. Now this was the last batch of mugs i had fired where i buy my ceramic supplies from before i bought my kiln. And as Murphy's law would have it, this was the first time i had any real dramas using a community kiln and it had to happen with only a couple of weeks before the show.

I won't go into all the details here but there was some sort of powder or something in the kiln (which my mugs happened to surround) which when the kiln was fired, this substance fused itself onto some of my mugs, damaging them. There's no need for me to explain what happened, you'll be able to tell from the photos, but as luck would have it, there was one mug from each pair that got damaged. So i unfortunately i didn't actually end up with a 'pair' of the matching mugs i was hoping for.

The pics below will show the mug that survived, it's 'pair', and the damage on it, and then the damaged mug repaired the best i could. The only way i could try to fix them was to glaze over where this substance had fused to the mug and hope that it covered it when it was refired.













These two mugs i didn't know what to do with and just left them. Because of the glaze colour the damage wasn't as noticable. One friend really didn't care and actually liked it so he bought one, at a reduced price, and the other i just gave to the owners of the bar.





These two mugs were the only other ones that came out unscathed.







Next up is the first few pieces i have fired myself in my new kiln. These are effectively tiles, or you could use them as a drink coaster. As i have put holes into them i'm going to thread some rope through them and hang them up on the wall. The first one is a logo i designed for my Tiki user name, the other my friends logo. (Before anyone asks, i made a mold from something for these that i'm keeping as my little secret. Sorry.)



The following two pieces are not related to Tiki in any way at all, but i thought i'd show them regardless. I became friends with a guy recently who is actually an airbrush artist but also does ceramics. I gave him two of my mugs, a V.1 and V.2, in greenware which he is in the process of modifying. I've seen some progress pics on Facebook and they look AMAZING. I'll post some pics here when he's finished them.
Anyway, in exchange for my mugs he gave me two of these bulls to do with what i want. He actually pours them really thick and then carves detail out of them with a scalpel (that's what he's doing to my mugs) but these two weren't thick enough for that so he said i could have them. The mold itself is from the 50's or 60's and the castings he gave me were bone-dry greenware still with the mold lines on them. As the mold is so old it leaks a lot so i had to spend a couple of hours cleaning them up. Then i glazed and fired them, the very first pieces to be done in my new kiln.

The first one i gave to my mum for Christmas (her star sign is Taurus), the second i'm keeping for myself. After the first one came out exactly as i wanted, i went a little crazier on the second. I really was expecting the glazes to bleed, especially the blue, but i was so happy when i opened the kiln this morning.







And last but not least, yes, i finally have made a new mug. It's not what i had pictured to be my second mug but as i've only made two molds before, and that was about 18 months ago, i decided to start of with something simple so i chose a coconut. Now as there are dozens and dozens of coconut mugs around i had to put a twist on it, and what better than my favourite Tiki, Tiki Bob.
Those of you that know me, know that i'm really not a fan of Tiki Bob so this mug was made out of complete sarcasm. He is starting to grow on me though, seeing that you cannot escape him and especially with all of Wendys fanatstic variations. There have been lots of different versions of Bob made but after looking through the pages of Ooga-mooga i'm proud to release, what looks like the first version of Bob as a coconut.

So without any further ado, ladies and gentleman, i give you "Private Bob 'O' Nut".





I need a cup of tea and a lie down after all that.

Cheers
swizzle



















 
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Posted: 2012-12-29 08:15 am   Permalink

Swizz, I'm glad you got you kiln fired up! The grey General with the black slime is great, nice save! The bulls are awesome! Especially the multicoloured one, I'm very surprized that those crystaline glazes did not move more. And I love the Bob 'o Nut! Very cool. Good to see you busy, I hope you are enjoying your summer more than I am enjoying my winter
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