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SWIZ - Mugs 'n' Stuff....a few more "Witco" style hibiscus finished.
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Joined: Jan 20, 2003
Posts: 716
From: A rock in the middle of the Ocean
Posted: 2014-03-24 8:49 pm   Permalink

Wow Robbie, you are cranking out the mugs, good to see your in progress photos!

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Joined: Jun 03, 2007
Posts: 1213
From: Melbourne,Australia
Posted: 2014-04-10 01:30 am   Permalink

Thanks David. Airbrush, definitely not a deft hand.


On 2014-02-25 06:27, tikiskip wrote:
"Admittedly i still have a lot of issues with glazing"
Yeah but ya don't show those.
Not every light I make is a winner.

Now get busy, we only have so much time on this world to make our mark.
PS I love that crusty barnacle look.

I do show them actually, it's just that you don't see them unless you look close up. And i'm trying to get busy, i'm just a lazy S.O.B. And i love that crusty barnacle look too, that's why i use it so much.

Thanks hiltiki. Bob'O'nut has been quite a hit.

Thanks TikiAno. Yes it's airbrush. I try to avoid using a paint brush if i don't have to, especially covering large areas.

Cheers hang10tiki.

Thanks Chippy. I'm used to see comments from you on IG so this was a surprise.

Not nearly as much as you are Rob. You are a machine compared to me.
So Kustom Lane gallery's opening night at their new location was a huge success and i'm proud to say that my fountain bowl (on page 14) was the only piece to sell on the night before i left, besides a black velvet painting that i bought which i'll post pictures of when i collect it, although a few pieces have also sold since then.

That fountain bowl was quite popular so i received a couple of orders which is what i'm about to post pictures of. I did a bit of pouring so i have quite a bit of bisqued work ready to go but i've only glazed a few pieces which were fired this week.

All of the Lance Corporal Stoney bowls i make i am glazing different or using different textures and/or colour combinations so anyone who buys one is getting a 1/1 piece, although this one pictured is very similar to one i've already made, it is a fountain version with the mouth cut out and has black in the recesses instead of brown so it is still different.

This bowl was one of the very first i poured and i didn't add any texture to the outside of it then so it's been sitting around waiting for me to decide what glaze to use. I went for this black crystal glaze (which i love) and this is the first time i decided to add some orange to the lava in the volcano and i was so happy with the outcome i did it on a couple more pieces.
When i first fired this piece there were a couple of spots on the inside where i must have spilt a little glaze which i missed cleaning up so it came out with a couple of blemishes which were quite noticable and i was not happy about, so i figured the best way to cover them was to use another crystal glaze and refire it and i'm very glad i did. I'm really happy with this volcano bowl.

I'm not sure what gave me the inspiration to modify the rim of this bowl like this but i feel it worked out well. Here's what it looked like before it was glazed.

And here it is glazed. I had this idea for the glaze not long after i made it and also added the yellow to the volcano after seeing how good it looked on the previous bowl. The blue glaze is a little darker than i would have liked but i really like this bowl. I'll definitely make some more like it.

Here's another Colonel Peek-a-boo that i glazed while i had the blue in the airbrush canister glazing the other pieces. I try to glaze as many pieces as i can with the one colour at the same time so that i'm not going back and forth cleaning all the tools/utensils.

A Brigadier VF1 glazed at the same time with yellow glaze in the volcano.

One of the Corporal Punishment/Colonol Peek-a-boo goblets. I had this glaze combination in mind from the start when i made this one. Worked out well.

Several more necklaces i beaded up with the skull pendant i make. (Some of the pics are saved from Instagram where i've used filters, that's why the lighting look different).

And finally, something that's not tiki but i'm showing it anyway, another bull taken from a mold from the 50's or 60's. My friend gave me a few of these to clean up the greenware and glaze as i pleased and another friend loves them and wanted one. Again these have been sitting around for a while and as i love this glaze so much i knew i'd be happy with it even and would keep it for myself even if my friend didn't like it. But he does.

That's it for now.


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Joined: Jun 08, 2003
Posts: 716
From: Lancaster, SC
Posted: 2014-04-10 07:17 am   Permalink

Loving the new volcano bowls!! The lava flow and that bright blue glaze on the inside is very striking.

- Dale

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Joined: Nov 26, 2005
Posts: 4830
Posted: 2014-04-12 6:25 pm   Permalink

Good to see you back at it!!!
Looking good.

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Joined: Mar 12, 2009
Posts: 458
From: Nor Cal
Posted: 2014-04-13 09:34 am   Permalink

lookin good Swizzle! Nice'n clean stuff there. MP

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Joined: Mar 10, 2011
Posts: 1492
From: Gresham, Oregon
Posted: 2014-04-14 08:56 am   Permalink

Always enjoy checking out your work swizzle, love the barnacle-like glazes.

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Joined: Jul 24, 2010
Posts: 284
From: Sunny Southern California
Posted: 2014-04-14 3:34 pm   Permalink

I am sorry I am not here on TC much, but while the kid is at school I can take a break and hit the computer.

It is great to see these mugs on the big screen and not just on IG, on the phone.

They look great!

Keep up the good work.

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Joined: Jun 03, 2007
Posts: 1213
From: Melbourne,Australia
Posted: 2014-08-23 04:02 am   Permalink

Thanks littlegiles. There's another new one pictured below.

Thanks tikiskip, mp, cy (i love that barnacle-like effect myself) and Chippy.

So it's been a little while since i've posted and haven't been doing a great deal of work although i do have a new mug design you'll see in a moment.

First off here are several more pendants. I've actually made quite a few of the skull ones but i'm only showing a handful here, and there are a few more moais than what is pictured also.

This particular one i made for myself. The shells came from a necklace i found at a thrift store.

We have the Unholy Rabble Tiki Punksters Suck Em' Up Melbourne Mai Tai Crawl coming up in November so i've made a few more wall hangings. I have more but these are the only ones i've glazed so far with new glazes i picked up while i was in the U.S. in June.

Here's another volcano bowl which i am devastated has cracked. When i opened the kiln i was so happy as it turned out even better than i was hoping for and it looked fine. It wasn't until i was taking photos of it that i noticed it had cracked and after having a closer look at it i found another crack on the opposite side. I spoke to my ceramics supplier and he said i could try refiring and the glaze might re-melt to cover the crack or it could also open up further. I don't think i want to take the risk ruining it completely so i'm just going to leave it. As a display piece the cracks are not noticable unless you look up close. Being winter here i think the kiln cooled down too quickly as the ambient temperature outisde the kiln was so cold and also the kiln wasn't completely full to retain the heat, although there is also the possibilty there was an issue with the various glazes i used. I've already started on another one i'll glaze very similar (i'm going to try a different blue on the outside) which i hope stays in one piece.

And finally my new mug design. He's new, he's a moai, it's Staff Sergeant Nuoai.

And here's a pic of a few more with additional carving on them i still have to glaze.

That's it for now.



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Joined: Nov 10, 2006
Posts: 1183
From: La Mesa, CA
Posted: 2014-08-23 07:52 am   Permalink

Spectacular glazes, Robbie! Esp the unfortunate volcano bowl. Sorry about the crack. I've tried the reglazing trick, and it will work if the crack is small enough. But as you said, you take your chances that it might get bigger. Make another one!
Keep up the good work!


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Tiki Tonie
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Joined: Jun 07, 2011
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Posted: 2014-08-23 10:32 am   Permalink

I just love your work! So clean and beautiful.

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Joined: Apr 08, 2014
Posts: 48
From: Hong Kong, living in Los Angeles now
Posted: 2014-08-23 11:10 am   Permalink

Hi Swizzle,

It's smart that you are making tiki mugs through an adult education course. That is an affordable way to access the equipment. I'm more of a painter, so I appreciate seeing pictures of your process. Please keep them coming!

Your mug has so much character already! I too like the one eye brow raised.. hehe

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El Jefe
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Joined: Mar 13, 2012
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From: The Third Coast
Posted: 2014-08-23 9:53 pm   Permalink

Looking good. Really like the new mug design. Can't wait to see more.

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Joined: Aug 07, 2012
Posts: 1345
From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2014-08-24 06:09 am   Permalink

Digging all the new stuff, especially Staff Sergeant (and my favorite is the first glaze combo!)

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Joined: Jul 03, 2011
Posts: 1315
From: NJ
Posted: 2014-08-27 6:07 pm   Permalink

Hey Swiz,

Love the new volcano bowl - it's shape, the barnacle glaze on the bowl and the yellow on the volcano. Seriously beautiful!

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Posted: 2014-08-28 07:46 am   Permalink

Swizzle your work is pure tiki and wonderful. I wish we could have met up with you on your last trip. I hope you are well and running around again. Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos. Wendy

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