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SWIZ....MUGS 'N' STUFF.New mug, Staff Sergeant Nuoai.
LoriLovesTiki
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Posted: 2013-04-27 5:46 pm   Permalink

Swizzle,

I LOVE the bowl! Great job. And the Bob o Nuts are adorable. I don't know what the conversion is from AUD to USD. I'll have to Google that. I really would like a personalized one! Can you PM me a price quote? (I live in NJ, zip code 08831 if that matters.)

Maybe this will be my birthday present to myself this year! Last year it was a mug from Wendy!

Thanks!
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2013-04-27 7:37 pm   Permalink

That's a pretty blue. Good job on the bowl. Wendy

 
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Posted: 2013-04-27 8:21 pm   Permalink

Go Swizzers, go!

 
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tigertail777
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Posted: 2013-04-27 10:46 pm   Permalink

Wow that bowl SINGS baby! I also really like your "Pele coated kitty" (the one that looks like it was caught in a lava flow).

 
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Hale Tiki
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Posted: 2013-04-30 06:59 am   Permalink

I know I said it over on Instagram, but that tiki that came from the soap mold actually looks legitimate when in ceramic and glazed. It's a little modern, but it looks better than I've ever seen in that bowl!

 
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swizzle
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From: Melbourne,Australia
Posted: 2013-05-07 05:33 am   Permalink

Thanks Lori.

Thanks Wendy. It is a beautiful blue but it seems to have come out slightly different to when i used it last. I think it's because the base clay it was applied to is grey not white.

Swizz is going GROG.

Thanks tigertail777. SINGS is a good way to describe it. The colour combination works really well together i think. And i like the kitty too.

Cheers Hale Tiki. Although you say it looks a little modern it appears the design might have come from the 60's by a company called NAPCO.

Just a quick update. I had a handful of new glazes arrive so i did a few tests with them on my usual 'SWIZ' and 'Careless Navigator' logos.


I'm just posting this picture of the cat to show the difference in the glaze when it comes to shape of the piece. You can see that a lot of the black spots ran and left lines on the cat whereas on the both my logo and the CN one they stayed as spots as both those pieces were laying flat in the kiln when they were fired.


And i also glazed and fired another bowl. This was my original idea when i first made the mold, to join two of them together back to back and make a cavity in the top of the head for some overproof rum which you could light. After i pulled the first tiki from the mold it looked like the base with two joined together would be too large to fit inside the bowl but i gave it a go anyway and this is the result. It actually fits fine bit takes up a lot of room so you end up with a bowl that would only really hold one drink. I've thought about maybe carving away a couple of rocks so that the liquid can get inside the tiki and therefore hold more liquid/booze.

The rocks came out a lot darker than i was hoping. I had a little black glaze left in the jar and added some white to it but didn't do a test sample so it is nowhere near as light as i would have liked it. I also did as i mentioned in my previous post where i glazed the pieces seperately and let them fuse together. It worked fine.

(I usually take my pics outside but it was a miserable day here today so i had to take them under lights inside.)



Until the next time.

Cheers
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2013-05-07 06:00 am   Permalink

Cool stuff Swizz! The streaks on the cat are cool, add a little more interest than just spot would. Like the double faced Tiki too. That glaze fusing technique work well don't it?
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Hale Tiki
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Posted: 2013-05-07 06:49 am   Permalink

The more I see the bob-o-nut mugs, the more I want one! Gah!

And thanks for the info, I just looked it up and found this thread:
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=22393&forum=5%20?iframe=true&start=0

And sure enough, those soap molds look to be exact copies of the Napco stuff! Maybe I might just have to break mine out again...


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hiltiki
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Posted: 2013-05-07 07:08 am   Permalink

Nice new glaze, love your work, very clean and very nicely executed.

 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2013-05-16 09:16 am   Permalink

How did I miss these? You're doing a really great job. It's fun seeing a tiki cat too. Cool cat like you! Wendy
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swizzle
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Posted: 2013-08-21 05:33 am   Permalink

Thanks MDM. The glaze fusing works very well, i've used it several times since, including a piece it didn't quite go to plan on which you'll see coming up.

You might have been a little too slow Hale Tiki as Bob'O'Nut has been retired?

Thank you for the compliment hiltiki. Not all of my pieces all come out very clean though unfortunately. A lot of the time there is touching up and re-firing.

Awww thanks Wendy. I really wish i could have made it back to Oasis. Hopefully next year.

Well it's been a while since i last posted and i have made lots of things including a couple of new pieces. This post will be a bit of a photo dump and i'll try and keep the talk to a minimum and no go into too much detail. I'm also going to try and post everything in the order in which they were made but it might not be accurate.

First up is my Lance Corporal Stoney bowl. These first two i wasn't happy with the glazing, the orange one had a lot of glaze skips i covered up with the lava and the tiki on the grey one had a darker brown put over it. They both still have flaws but definitely look much better than they did. I'm going to give these ones to my friends.





This next one was a failure which ended up in the bin. This was the third variation i tried with this design and this is where i used the glaze fusing trick but it didn't quite go to plan. The fusing worked fine but the bowl slid and moved off centre on the tiki's head. After i took it out of the kiln i checked to see if the kiln was level and it is a tiny bit out so that could have been the reason why that happened but i'm not 100% sure.
I was disappointed as it had taken me a lot of time making that bowl (which also developed a crack during it's bisque fire which i repaired with Magic Mend-thanks MDM-but it reopened in the glaze fire anyway), however i was not going to give up so i made the piece again but this time carved a recess out of the bottom of the bowl so that it wouldn't move. This time it worked.

(In these pics you can see it's not centered.)



Here's the fixed version. Although i'm quite happy with it i won't be making another one. I liked the idea but it just doesn't look right and was too much work. It looks like he's wearing a sombrero.


After the bowls i made quite a few Bob'O'Nut's i had orders for. Some in the original colour i made it in and also a few custom ones. I also made a couple for myself on which i was just playing around with. Those few are up first.
At some stage i'd like to buy some gold or platinum lustre (that stuff's expensive) and do the eyes and mouth on the purple and black one below.

Robert'O'Nut the 3rd. He's a little fancy.



Bob'O'Rock, with a lava and rock like texture.



A gift/bribe. (It's not what you think )



This one is in my collection also. I tried a different brown and this is the result. I call him Hungover Bob as he's looking a little pale.



This isn't all the photos of all of them but on a few mugs i experimented with some different materials other than just brush-on glazes and this is a sample of what they look/looked like. I got some interesting results which i was surprised by and also happy with. Fortunately my customers were too. The first pic is one of the mugs without any clear on it and the other pics are what happened after a coat of clear was applied and it was re-fired. I think it's given it a real rustic look.





This is a group shot of nearly all of the variations i have made. I do have two more custom ones on order at the moment i've yet to start which will be quite different. I'll post pics of them when they're done.



Next are some stickers i had made with the logo i designed. After these were made i had a smaller version printed too. I also had some business cards made but i don't have a picture of them.



This weekend there will be a Tiki exhibition at Kustom Lane Gallery here in Melbourne. Besides a heap of Australian artists exhibiting, myself included, there will be work on display by several U.S. artists including, Tom "Big Toe" Laura, David Lozeau, The Pizz, Ken Ruzic and several more, including a few from Japan. I've been working hard to get a heap of stuff together and everything posted from here on will be going in the show, except for a couple of pieces i've already sold.

First is a few different colour and texture combinations of Lance Corporal Stoney.








I also sculpted a volcano and made a mold of that. It has two reservoirs for some overproof rum.



When i made the volcano i also sculpted a moai that i've made into pendants and also have added to some bowls i'm still working on. I also made a few new molds of the skull that you can find earlier on in my thread, and i have done the same with that. Made pendants and added it to some bowls.

Here's most of the pendants i've made so far.





Edition of 5 just for the show.




And here some pics of a new bowl i've been playing around with. I have more in various stages of completion including the one with the tapa style pattern. I've also made a couple of Lance Corporals with tapa patterning on them but the bowl pictured is the first one to be glazed and fired. It's name is Colonel Peek-a-boo for a reason that should become obvious.










And last but not least, with all the pendants i'd made i hadn't really thought about how i would display them so i whipped up a quick stand that holds 16 pendants and my business cards. I'm pretty happy with the result for a couple of hours work.



That's it for now.

Cheers
swizzle





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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2013-08-21 06:45 am   Permalink

Hi Swizzle, we did miss you at Oasis. Congratulations on being in an art show for tiki art. I hope we get to see pictures from that event.

What at treat to see all the pieces that you have been making. I watched for you to show up and you went over the top with eye candy. It's so much fun to see all the glazes and choices that you made for each piece.

This post is a big WOW! Wendy
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2013-08-21 07:35 am   Permalink

Wow
Great stuff
U have been busy

Jon


 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2013-08-21 09:04 am   Permalink

Things can shift with the glaze fusing, you came up with a great way to prevent that. Love that volcano bowl, clean and elegant. You've got some great glazes going on too: Bob 'o Rock, the blue/grey LCS, and the green Moai pendant are some of my favorites. And yes, Oasis just wasn't the same without you
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lunavideogames
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Posted: 2013-08-21 6:30 pm   Permalink

Swizzle, you have been getting better at sculpting and glazing. Your stuff is looking really cool! Thanks for sharing.

 
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