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hang10tiki
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From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2014-05-19 07:52 am   Permalink

Mike- awesome work
Great to finally meet you at Caliente
Love my new mug
Thanks

Jon











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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2014-05-19 09:19 am   Permalink

hang10tiki you scored a terrific mug.

Those lamps are over the top. Wendy
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TikiRootsRocka
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Joined: Apr 15, 2011
Posts: 251
From: Los Angeles, California
Posted: 2014-07-09 10:38 pm   Permalink

Aloha everyone, hope all is well!
John, hope you're enjoying the Moai! Thanks again for supporting my art and sharing it with TC. Hope you had a great anniversary trip to da Big Island.
Thanks, Wendy! The tall one is three pieces that I threw on the wheel and put together.
As usual, I've been making lots of stuff and am too burned out to post it.

Some of my last projects have been to re-sculpt some of my sold, hand built pieces, so they're more mold friendly, and to cast them. This step-by-step isn't as complete as I would've liked, but I've already got the pictures uploaded, so here it goes.

First, is the original piece that I re-sculpted. It's one of the pieces going to the Polynesian Resort in Florida.









His name is Birdman 2. There's also a Birdman 1 and Birdman 3, so I guess it'll be a series.

I also wrote an article about my "Nuka Hiva" coconut mugs, with step-by-step pics of all the work that goes into them. If you're not familiar with the potter's wheel, I think you'll find it interesting.
http://junglemodern.tumblr.com/post/89997650974/step-by-step-polynesian-coconut-mugs-made-on-the

Thanks for stopping by!







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hiltiki
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Joined: Jun 10, 2004
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From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2014-07-10 07:31 am   Permalink

I really like your hanging coconut planter, great concept. also like your latest mugs, Nice work.

 
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TikiAno
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Joined: Aug 07, 2012
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From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2014-07-10 08:04 am   Permalink

Mike, great stuff, as always. I'll have to post some pics with your coconut mugs. Cool tumblr site as well. Look forward to seeing you at Oasis.

 
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TikiRootsRocka
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From: Los Angeles, California
Posted: 2014-07-11 08:53 am   Permalink

Happy Aloha Friday everyone!!!

Hi Hiltiki, thanks for stopping by! The coconut planters are lots of fun. I was taking a wheel throwing class and learned how to make fully enclosed vessels, and figured, I make coconut mugs, why not some planters, lidded jars, etc?

Hey TikiAno, great getting to meet in person! Thank you for stopping by and introducing yourself, it was great getting a chance to talk clay. Anytime you have a moment to post a pic of the mug, that would be awesome! Mahalo for the support! If I don't see you roaming around on Friday, at Oasis, I'll be vending at the car show on Saturday and Sunday.

So, a long time ago, six months maybe, haha, I sculpted a Maori warrior bust. In May, I broke down and had the professional mold makers at Laguna Clay, make me a 5 piece mold, for this monster of a mug, vase, sculpture, whatever you want to call it. Here are a few different samples. They're 10" inches tall, but about 7.5" inches wide. They hold 75 ounces, haha.

The big mold, in front, is the professionally made one from Laguna. The rest are mine and the space in back is my clean-up are for casting, with a spot for green ware to dry.


The molds hold just under two gallons of casting slip, and the they weigh about 60 pounds, so they're lots of fun to empty, when they're full of slip. They actually weighed closer to 100 pounds when I got them back from Laguna. I picked them up the day after they were made, so they were still full of water. Obviously, I didn't have the patience for the water to evaporate out of the plaster, so the first few rounds of pouring were really fun.










This is a bowl from the potter's wheel. It started as 8 pounds of clay. I think it measures about 10" inches across the top. I like how the area around the designs is recessed, but it warped a little, which kinda bums me out.





Well, have a great weekends and thank you for stopping by!







 
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TikiRootsRocka
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From: Los Angeles, California
Posted: 2014-07-15 10:54 pm   Permalink

Here's how I made my "Pearl de Marquesas" Tiki mug.
The plan wasn't to make a mold of it, I just liked the piece so much when it was finished, I figured, just go for it. I think it was the symmetry in the face.

Anyhow, the original piece was a fully enclosed vessel that I threw on the potter's wheel. It already looks to have a beautiful Marquesan shape. At this point, it is already leather hard. I've also trimmed a foot in the bottom and trimmed some clay off the sides, to give it a more slender look.


From here, it's all carving. I didn't add any clay.







Had I known I was going to make a mold of this, I would've done it as bisque ware, pictured below. Instead, I glazed it, taking away some of the detail in the grooves, then made a mold. I'm not sure how much time this costs me per piece, but in the long run, I'm sure it's quite a bit. Just something to keep in mind for those of you who might want to try making a mold. Another thing that might've cost me some time, was all the sculpting wax, in areas, that looked like they could've had under cuts.


Here, I'm starting to make a mold box. It's going to be a three-sided mold, so the plaster will be poured over this area, once I build the box around this and seal the sides. Unfortunately, I didn't take a picture of all that.

But, the mold worked! or separated, anyway...


Next time, I'll post how they look coming out of the mold. There's lots of clean-up work. THanks for stopping by!








 
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hang10tiki
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From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2014-07-16 05:58 am   Permalink

Wow, Maori bust is freekin awesome
Strong work
Love the bowl and new mug too

Keep on keepin on...

Cheers

Jon


 
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TikiRootsRocka
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From: Los Angeles, California
Posted: 2014-07-23 12:46 pm   Permalink

Thanks, Jon!

So, here's what they look like out of the mold.



Here's some of the first finished pieces.




They're about 6.25" inches tall and 4.25" inches wide and hold 22 ounces.
If you're interested they're $60.

I also wanted to thank everyone who made it out to The International Tiki Market Place at Don the Beachcomber's this past weekend. It was a great time catching up with old friends and making new ones. For those of you who stopped by to say hi or purchase a piece of my art, thank you very much, the support is greatly appreciated.




 
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2014-07-27 09:02 am   Permalink

Came out great

 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2014-07-27 2:47 pm   Permalink

You were born to work clay. You ROCKA, Wendy

 
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GROG
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From: Tujunga
Posted: 2014-07-27 4:21 pm   Permalink

The stuff looks even better in person. He got Best In Show at the PNG art show at the Tonga Hut yesterday, and deservedly so.
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TikiRootsRocka
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Joined: Apr 15, 2011
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From: Los Angeles, California
Posted: 2014-08-02 10:50 am   Permalink

Aloha Hang10, Wendy, and GROG!
Always great seeing you guys around these parts
I've been swamped trying to get things ready for Oasis and it's been crazy.
I poured and cleaned 60-65 castings last week and will be glazing them this week. Luckily, I still have some pieces left from the Tonga Hut show and the last ITMP, so I should have about 80 mugs spread between the three different Birdman designs, Tahitian Tower, Pearl de Marquesas, and Kaitiaki. I'll also have 3 PNG lamps, a couple Hawaiian lamps, and a Marquesan lamp, with a few bowls I threw on the potter's wheel, and one or two handbuilt pieces.

I'll be sure to start posting pics as they're finishing, as well as some progress pics. I'll also post my piece from the Tonga Hut art show and my awesome "Best in Sepik" ribbon, made by Eric October.


 
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TikiRootsRocka
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From: Los Angeles, California
Posted: 2014-08-20 2:48 pm   Permalink

Great catching up with some of you and nice meeting some of you for the first time at Oasis!
Here's my lamps from The Tonga Hut art show.


These are pieces I had for Tiki Oasis and a couple from the event.
















I think there's more pictures of Tiki Oasis on my Instagram.
http://instagram.com/junglemodernceramics

Thanks for stopping by!



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TikiAno
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Joined: Aug 07, 2012
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From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2014-08-20 5:43 pm   Permalink

Mike, great seeing you at Oasis- your booth was great, hope sales went well (I fully admit to not buying any ceramics throughout the weekend- though I love looking through the killer work you're doing). Great variety of work, and as Grog wrote (earlier) it all looks WAY better in person (if that's even possible).

I posted this up on instagram but figured should post here, too-




 
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