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LSL Kahiki Pottery & Progression
umeone
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Posted: 2011-10-15 10:06 am   Permalink

Aloha,

I feel right at home saying aloha, for the years I worked at the Kahiki, I answered the phone "Aloha, Kahiki Supper Club, how may I help you?"

I am so nervous but, here we go...most of you know that my Father, Bill Sapp and his partner, Lee Henry were the originators of the Kahiki Supper Club in Columbus, Ohio. My Mother, Marcy Sapp designed the Oil Lamps, ashtrays and various mugs that were used up to the late 1970's when the Kahiki was sold. My Mothers designs were made into molds and were produced in the basement of the Kahiki. I have always dabbled in clay but my main focus was on working in Restaurants all phases, Coat Check to Manager and everything in between. At 50 it just wasn't fun anymore, I had a calling back to Clay. So with the support of my Husband Craig, I am now a Potter.








So I'll share what I've done and doing in hopes to inspire more Tiki Creations. I do so miss the Tropics, the Kahiki was my refuge from the cold gray skies of Ohio. I can still hear the waterfalls, the soft Hawaiian Music, smell the aromas and feel the atmosphere. A carefree feeling of family and relaxation, being transported to the South Seas. That's what I want to evoke with my Pottery. I hope you will join me on my journey.

Mahalo,
Linda


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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2011-10-15 10:35 am   Permalink

This is a great start Linda. You could also have a page for finished works on Gallery. Your history alone will cause us to come back over and over again. Thank you for posting, Wendy
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umeone
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Posted: 2011-10-15 11:43 am   Permalink

Thank you Wendy. I couldn't get my clay to do anything this morning, your suggestion of doing this was weighing heavy on my little brain! An Art Teacher Friend of mine in SC posted this on face book, I think it is a perfect start here, hit home to me;
"Nobody tells this to people who are beginners. I wish someone had told me.All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste but, there is this gap.For the first couple years you make stuff, it's just not that good. It's trying to be good, it has potential, but it's not. But your taste the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase; they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn't have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this and if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it's normal and the most important thing you can do is, do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you finish one piece. It's only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I've ever met. It's gonna take awhile. It's normal to take awhile. You just gotta fight your way through." Ira Glass

I almost quit doing what I love but, thankfully I have a friend who encouraged me to fight through and for that I am eternally grateful.

Ok for what I'm working on now, I call it my Island series;



This is my Hawaiian Santa and his Island






These guys are the first of the series. They are only 4 inches tall. Since I am maturing, I had to get Craig to rig up a magnifying light over my work space. I also suggest a little Rum in your coffee to steady the hands. Medicinal purpose only!

Mahalo,
Linda


 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2011-10-15 3:13 pm   Permalink

Linda, welcome to your own thread And you don't need to be nervous, you'll find people here to be very supportive. How cool to have inspiration AND history!!! Great words of wisdom from your friend.

Love the little islandscapes, especially the cool palm trees.
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umeone
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Posted: 2011-10-15 3:38 pm   Permalink

After I got my post up, I was ready to play with the clay! I need a Mauna Loa Mug for my new Tiki Island;


Taking shapes, just getting a feel for the forms that I want.



Sizing up the Mug, I hollowed this mug first then pinched and tooled where my ridges where to go, I think it would have been easier to work the outside of my cylinder and then hollow it out. I will try that on the next one.



Bird is too big, so I use tools to cut him away to get the right proportion.




Need to cut him down some more!



Step away from the Bird!



After a little break, it's getting there. Almost ready to join a few others on Tiki Mug Island.



Your right Wendy this is fun, just need to get the hang of it!

Thanks MadDogMike, I love the smiles!












 
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gabbahey
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Posted: 2011-10-15 5:24 pm   Permalink

I love mug island! This makes me want to start something, too.

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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2011-10-16 09:04 am   Permalink

Linda, you've got the bug! I love it here and I knew you would too. You are among friends and fans. Thank you for posting the step by steps. I'll be back to see your progress. You are making wonderful art and we enjoy watching. Don't stop, let this thread become a daily way of life. You will make so many new friends you'll wish you had been posting for years. If you haven't started the Gallery thread with a photo of each finished piece its waiting for you! The Islands are great, so much fun. We have that Mauna Loa mug and you are doing a great job there too.
Cheers, Wendy
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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2011-10-16 09:46 am   Permalink

Welcome to the artist's community. I agree with Wendy...your history is a draw. People are so helpful on this board, you will be able to hone your skills in no time. Your ideas are wonderful...keep up the great work!!!

 
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umeone
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Posted: 2011-10-16 12:00 pm   Permalink

Thank you Wendy for your kind words and encouragement. I hope one day to get to meet you in person, I really do appreciate your friendship.

And thank you VampiressRN for the warm welcome.

I did a little more fine tuning on the Mauna Loa Mug this morning



Mahalo,
Linda


 
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umeone
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Posted: 2011-10-17 08:34 am   Permalink

Aloha, I think my new obsession is miniatures for the Island Series, sorry no pictures of the beginning, I just started playing with the clay and pretty soon I had a Hibiscus Basket!


Now get into focus for the detailing!



Craig and I were out hitting the yard sales a few weeks ago and found me this Potters Wheel $20.00. My Artist friend that fires my work, called it an antique, which is fine with me I love antiques. My first and only wheel I had was one I got for my 11th Birthday, it was on a wooden frame, with a 2x4 as the seat and you were to kick the wood around to make the shaft turn. I couldn't work that one either, since I was 4'something tall and probably 80 lbs. Anyway, getting back to my new acquisition, everyday I try to work on it and no matter what I've tried, no water, some water, more pressure or less, my piece will not stay on the wheel. Anybody have any suggestions? So I'm back to building bowls using my banding wheel.



Hand built Bowl, is my project for today. the Artisan Center in SC, is having their annual Empty Bowl Fundraiser for the Food Pantry. You buy a empty bowl for $10.00, the Church Ladies donate soup and you get to keep your bowl.



Back to work.
Mahalo,
Linda


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2011-10-17 12:55 pm   Permalink

Hi Linda, my sister was a professional potter during the 60's and 70's. She was so good at it I thought that I should take a Potter's class in college. I found that it is not in the genes. It was my first and only C in art.



I'd like to see if my suggestions work for you. In class they had us prep the wheel by scrubbing off any residual clay or clay dust and then dry it. We did not put water on the platform or the clay.

We rolled the clay into a ball. Then we slammed it as hard as possible onto the platform. I mean the ball was raised above our head and brought down with considerable force.

The tricky part is the centering. You would now dip your hands in water and place them on the clay and start the wheel to spinning and work to center. You can't make anything until the clay ball is perfectly centered. If you need to you can cut the clay if it is off on one side.

I hope this helps, best wishes, Wendy


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umeone
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Posted: 2011-10-17 1:01 pm   Permalink

I decided to put a turtle on my bowl so first I get all the shapes ready;



Then I score the surfaces and use slip to join them together. I work on paper bags, my work doesn't stick to them;



I got him a little to wet, so I used a wine cork to prop him up, to give him shape;



When done cutting the design in, I use more scoring and slip to attach him to the side of the bowl. I also stick a sharp object into his shell till I feel the void, so he doesn't blow up in the Kiln;



same process with Tiki Mask;



A little request from the Turtle;


And that's it...off to dry, bisque fire, glaze and fire again, nothing to it!

MadDogMike, did I tell you how much I love the !

Mahalo,
Linda


 
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umeone
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Posted: 2011-10-17 1:12 pm   Permalink

Thank you Wendy, I think you hit on 3 of my problems, get wheel clean and dry, throwing the ball with that much force and getting it centered! Piece a cake! I will try and implement your suggestions and continue my daily ritual till it works!

Mahalo,
Linda


 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2011-10-17 2:57 pm   Permalink

Linda, my only attempt at wheelthowing was a dismal failure, you're on your own there. I really like the miniatures you are doing, including "The Island of Misfit Mugs" Here's my attempt at a miniature

But it wasn't a real miniature, I used a giant dime as an April Fools Day trick

"littlegiles" was working on some 1:12 miniature mugs but I don't know if there were ever any pictures posted.

"No Turtle Soup" - that's hilarious!
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umeone
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Posted: 2011-10-17 6:54 pm   Permalink

Love your 4-1 joke MadDogMike. Have I told you lately how much I love the

gabbahey, I'm glad I've inspired you, have you been thinking?

Mahalo Y'all,
Linda


 
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